Humanities › Languages Tel Telle Tels Telles: French Adjective and Pronoun An Extremely Versatile and Useful French Word Share Flipboard Email Print Mark Lovatt / Getty Images Languages French Grammar Basics Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources for Teachers English as a Second Language Spanish German Italian Japanese Mandarin Russian English Grammar View More by ThoughtCo Updated February 06, 2019 The French word tel can be a qualifying adjective, an indefinite adjective, or an indefinite pronoun, and is also used in a number of expressions and conjunctions, making it an extremely versatile and useful French word.Tel has four forms, because it has to agree in gender and number with the noun it replaces - see table below.Tel has several different meanings depending on how it is used. Qualifying adjective When used as a qualifying adjective, tel expresses one of two things:1. Similarity Elle a pleuré tel un enfant. She cried like a child. Tel père, tel fils. Like father, like son. Je n'ai jamais rien vu de tel. I've never seen anything like it.2. Intensity Est-ce vraiment d'une telle importance ? Is it really so important? Il y avait un tel bruit que j'avais peur. There was such a [loud] noise that I was afraid. Une telle patience était nécessaire. Such [endless] patience was necessary. Indefinite adjective As an indefinite adjective, tel indicates undesignated people or things. In this sense, tel is more or less equivalent to n'importe: Telle personne peut le faire. Anyone can do it. Tel ou tel professeur vous dira la même chose. Any teacher will tell you the same thing. Il y a tel restaurant où on peut manger à minuit. There's some restaurant where you can eat at midnight. Demandez-lui où il était à telle heure. Ask him where he was at such-and-such a time. Indefinite pronoun Tel is nearly always singular when used as an indefinite pronoun and means one, someone, etc. However, tel is not often used as a pronoun; other indefinite pronouns like certain or quelqu'un are more commonly used in its place: Tel de ces livres vaut beaucoup. One of these books is worth a lot. Tel sera d'accord, tel autre ne le sera pas. Someone will agree, someone else won't. Tel ou tel vous dira que c'est une mauvaise idée. Somebody or other will tell you that it's a bad idea. Singular Plural Masculine tel tels Feminine telle telles Related words and expressions À tel point que so much so that À telle(s) enseigne(s) que so much so that de telle façon/manière in such a way de telle sorte que so that tel que like, just as tel quel as is tel ou tel any, such and such, somebody or other tellement (adverb) so, so much ne... pas tellement not so, not as ne... plus tellement not anymore, no longer (il n'y a) rien de tel que there's nothing like Untel, Unetelle (M./Mme Untel/Untelle) so-and-so (John/Jane Doe, Mr./Mrs. X) Continue Reading All About French Indefinite Adjectives What are Antecedents and Pronouns in French? French Indefinite Pronouns: Pronoms indéfinis French Tongue Twisters (Les Virelangues) for Practice and Fun How Do you Use the Versatile French Word 'Même' Properly? Learn the Different Meanings of French Homophones The French Expression "Il y a" Analyzed and Explained Understanding and Using French Adjectives No Matter in French: N'Importe How and When to Use French Possessive Pronouns Halloween in France: French-English Bilingual Story How to Properly Use Que in French French Vocabulary You Need to Talk About Time How Do You Use French Pronominal Verbs? Lequel, a Difficult French Pronoun, Explained When Should You Use The French Subjunctive?