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  1.2 Precise definition of grammatical structures in written language, not in spoken language

There are many examples of the phenomenon that only from the context of the spoken sentence you will be able to understand the meaning of a word. In written language you will see the difference much clearer.

Ils mangent des pommes. = They eat apples.
    Il mange des pommes. = He eats apples.

Elles regardent la télé.= They watch TV.
    Elle regarde la télé. = She watches TV.

stupide = stupid (Singular)
    stupides = stupid (Plural)
    La vache stupide. = The stupid cow
    Les vaches stupides. = The stupid cows.

quelle = which (Singular, feminine)
    quelles = which (Plural, feminine)
    quel = which (Singular, masculine)
    quels = which (Plural, masculine)
    Quelle femme est-ce que tu vois? = Which woman do you see?
    Quelles femmes est-ce que tu vois? = Which women do you see?
    Quel stylo est-ce que tu vois? = Which pen do you see?
    Quels stylos est-ce que tu vois? = Which pens do you see?

je faisais = I did
    tu faisais = you did
    il / elle faisait = he / she did
    ils / elles faisaient = they did

The fact that one cannot distinguish upon hearing the language the differences in the written language will cause a lot of difficulty in understanding, at least in the beginning.

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