2What is a possessive adjective? A possessive adjective is a word which describes a noun by showing who possesses that noun.Whose house is that? It’s my house.My shows who possesses the noun house. The posessor is “me.” The object possessed is house.
3The way we do it in ENGLISH Like subject pronouns (I, you, he/she, we, etc.), possessive adjectives are identified according to the person they represent.
4Singular Possessor 1st person my 2nd person your masculine his 3rd person feminine herneuter its
5Plural Possessor1st person our2nd person your3rd person their
6A possessive adjective changes according to the possessor, regardless of the object possessed. Is that John’s house? Yes, it is his house.Is that Mary’s house? Yes, it is her house.Although the object possessed is the same (house), different possessive adjectives (his and her) are used because the possessors are different (John and Mary).
7The French WayLike English, a French possessive adjective changes according to the possessor, but unlike English it also AGREES, like all French adjectives, in GENDER and NUMBER with the noun possessed.
8For example, in the phrase mon frère (my brother) the 1st person singular possessor (my) is indicated by the first letter of the possessive adjective, m-, and the gender and number of the noun possessed, frère (brother), which is masculine singular, is reflected in the masculine singular ending -on.Let us see what happens when we change my brother to my sister.
9I love my sister. J’aime ma soeur. fem. sing. ending 1st pers. sing. possessorThe first letter m- remains the same because the possessor is still the 1st person, but the ending changes to –a to agree with soeur which is feminine.
10Examples of Agreement J’aime ma soeur. J’aime mon frère. J’aime mes animaux.M indicates the 1st person posesssive adjective.-a represents the feminine gender, single noun-on represents the masculine gender, single noun-es represents the masc./fem. gender, plural noun
11Singular Possessor my, your (tu-form), his her, its In French, each of these possessive adjectives has three forms depending on the gender and number of the noun possessed: the masculine singular, the feminine singular, and the plural (the same for both genders).
121. Indicate the possessor with the first letter of the possessive adjective. My m-Your t-HisHer s-Its
132. Choose the ending according to the gender and number of the noun possessed. (This is called AGREEMENT.)If the noun possessed is MASCULINE (or feminine in front of a vowel sound) add –on.Anne lit mon livre. Anne reads my book.(Masc. Sing. Noun) noun possessedAnne lit ton livre. Anne reads your book.Anne lit son livre Anne reads her/his book.
14Feminine, in front of a vowel sound. Paul connaît mon amie. Paul knows my friend.fem. sing. Noun noun possessedbegins with vowelPaul connaît ton amie. Paul knows your friend.Paul connaît son amie. Paul knows his/her friend.
15Feminine and Plural Possessive Adjectives If the noun possessed is feminine singular beginning with a consonant add -aPaul lit ma lettre.Paul lit ta lettre.Paul lit sa lettre.If the noun possessed is plural add –esAnne lit mes livres.Paul lit tes lettres.Elle lit ses livres.
16Plural Possessor our, your (vous-form), their In French, each of these possessive adjectives has only two forms depending on the number of the noun possessed; that is, whether the noun possessed is singular or plural.
17Noun possessed is singular: notre, votre, leur Marie est notre fille. Mary is our daughter.possessoris pluralnoun possessedis singularPaul lit votre lettre. Paul reads your letter.Ils lisent leur lettre. They read their letter.
18Noun possessed is plural: nos, vos, leurs Les parents sont nos amis.The parents are our friends.owner ispluralnoun possessedis pluralAnne lit vos livres. Anne reads your books.Elles lisent leurs lettres. They read their letters.
19**Careful: Notes on YOU** Although VOTRE and VOS are classified as “the second person plural” they can also refer to just one person when used as a formal form of address (such as when speaking to your teacher).Remember to use the same form of YOU, either familiar or formal, for the verb and the possessive adjective:“You are reading your book” would be either“Tu lis ton livre” or“Vous lisez votre livre.”
20Possessive Adjectives: A Summary Singular PossessorPlural PossessorSingularpluralmasculineMy feminine + vowelfeminineMonMaMesyour masculine(tu form) feminine + vowelTonTaTesHis,Her, Its fem. + vowelSonSaSes