https://www.duolingo.com/kathgrimo

"The boys' cat."

January 21, 2013

5 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/kathgrimo

Is there any trick to remembering how to word things in possessive form? I always seem to have a hard time with it.

January 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

In English, you have the apostrophe; in French the construction is <article + object possessed + de + article + owner>

the boy's cat = le chat du garçon the girs's cat = le chat de la fille the boys' cat = le chat des garçons (note the "des" is a contraction of "de-les") the girls' cat = le chat des filles (same comment)

January 21, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/elgaro87

Thank you, very helpful

January 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/KingRyan

de la = du? is it right?

March 12, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/Sitesurf

"de la" is feminine: le chat de la fille

"du" is masculine (contraction of de-le): le chat du garçon

"de l'" is used in masculine or feminine in front of a vowel or a non-aspired H: le chat de l'enfant (masc), le chat de l'amie (fem), le chat de l'homme (masc)

March 12, 2013
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