Possessive pronoms – pronoms possessifs


Let's Define It!

What's a *possessive pronoun*?

First off, a possessive pronoun (un pronom possessif) is a pronoun and like any other French pronoun, it is a substitute for a noun.

Unlike in English, French possessive pronouns replace the noun/thing possessed. They do not represent the gender/sex of the owner. Instead they only refer to the thing being owned.

They adopt the gender and number of the noun/thing owned.

French possessive pronouns are preceded by definite articles le, la, les.

The French possessive pronouns are the following:

le(s) mien(s), la/les mienne(s), le(s) tien(s), la/les tienne(s), le(s) sien(s), la/les sienne(s), le(s) nôtre(s), la/les nôtre(s), le(s) vôtre(s), la/les vôtre(s), le(s) leur(s), la/les leur(s)


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Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Here are a few sentences including possessive pronouns in bold and underlined.

  1. C'est mon cartable - It's my schoolbag -->C'est le mien  --It's mine.
  2. Ce sont tes parents - These are your parents. -->Ce sont les tiens  --These are yours.
  3. C'est notre famille - It's our family --> C'est la nôtre  -- It's ours.


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