- Types of Possessive Determiners
- How to Choose the Right Determiner?
- Leur or Leurs?
Possessive determiners indicate ownership and affiliation. They always come before a noun. For example:
C'est le livre d'Harry Potter. C'est son livre.
This is Harry Potter's book. This is his book.
Types of Possessive Determiners
Here are all the French possessive determiners.
|1. person singular||mon, ma, mes||1. person plural||notre, nos|
|2. person singular||ton, ta, tes||2. person plural||votre, vos|
|3. person singular||son, sa, ses||3. person plural||leur, leurs|
Note: son/sa/ses can mean "his" as well as "hers" and "its."
How to Choose the Right Determiner?
Rule 1: The possessive determiner depends on the number and gender of the property.
Note: Before a vowel or a silent h the determiners ma, ta, and sa become mon, ton, and son.
Leur or Leurs?
Rule 2: leur is used when something belongs to several people in common (no matter, if it’s a masculine or feminine noun).
Les enfants embrassent leur maman.
The children are kissing their mom.
Rule 3: leurs is used when several people have several things in common (no matter, if it’s a masculine or feminine noun).
Les enfants jouent avec leurs jouets.
The children are playing with their toys.