3A.2 Possessive adjectives

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Point de départ
In both English and French, possessive adjectives
express ownership or possession.
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Possessive adjectives are always placed before the
nouns they modify.
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In French, unlike English, possessive adjectives agree in
gender and number with the nouns they modify.
Note that notre, votre, and leur agree in number only.
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The masculine singular forms mon, ton, and son are
used with feminine singular nouns that begin with a
vowel sound.
The choice of son, sa, and ses depends on the gender
and number of the noun possessed, not the gender
and number of the owner. Context usually makes the
meaning clear.
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Possession with de
In English, you use ’s to express relationships or ownership.
In French, use de (d’) + [the noun or proper name]
instead.
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Possession with de (continued)
When the preposition de is followed by the definite articles
le and les, they contract to form du and des,
respectively. There is no contraction when de is
followed by la and I’.
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Possession with de (continued)
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Essayez!
Provide the appropriate form of each
possessive adjective.
mon, ma, mes
notre, nos
mon livre
1. _______
10. _______ cahier
2. _______ librairie
11. _______ études
3. _______ professeurs
12. _______ bourse
ton, ta, tes
votre, vos
4. _______ ordinateurs
13. _______ soirées
5. _______ télévision
14. _______ resto U
6. _______ stylo
15. _______ devoirs
son, sa, ses
leur, leurs
7. _______ table
16. _______ résultat
8. _______ problèmes
17. _______ classe
9. _______ école
18. _______ notes
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