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)
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
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.
- C'est mon cartable - It's my schoolbag -->C'est le mien --It's mine.
- Ce sont tes parents - These are your parents. -->Ce sont les tiens --These are yours.
- C'est notre famille - It's our family --> C'est la nôtre -- It's ours.