Presentation on theme: "The Posessive MY, YOUR, HIS, HER, THEIR are English posessives but their French singular equivalents indicate the gender of the object owned, not the gender."— Presentation transcript:
The Posessive MY, YOUR, HIS, HER, THEIR are English posessives but their French singular equivalents indicate the gender of the object owned, not the gender of the person who owns them.
There is only one form of my in English for singular and plural, but… In French a car is feminine: Une voiture so I say ma voiture Un frère (a brother) is masculine so I say mon frère BUT if I have several cars, or several brothers I say mes voitures and mes frères. Note the Presence of an s to pluralize most nouns.
Tu or Vous? If I know the people well, or if I am related to them, I use tu, so I use ta voiture, ton frère, tes amis / tes amies (your friends, males or females) If I dont know people well I say vous whether there is one, or several people, so I use votre for a single object, vos for several
HIS / HER In English you think of the gender of an objects owner to express posession In French you think of the gender of the object itself and every single object has a gender that you must learn with the noun itself Pauls car, his car is la voiture de Paul, sa voiture Maries brother, her brother is le frère de Marie, son frère
Their: Leur / Leurs In French if a couple owns one car it will be leur(their) voiture. They will say notre voiture (our car) But if they own two cars it will be leurs (their cars) voitures. They will say nos voitures (our cars) Speaking to them, I will tell the first couple votre voiture est jolie, but the second couple vos voitures sont jolies Note the verb and the adjectives in the plural in the second case.