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 don’t 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 object’s 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 Paul’s car, “his” car is la voiture de Paul, “sa” voiture Marie’s 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.