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"Elle est son amie."

February 24, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gareth321

The "son" would suggest the best translation is "she is his friend". Otherwise wouldn't the french be "elle est sa amie"?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

Unfortunately, no. When "sa" is in front of a word (adjective or noun) starting with a vowel, it is changed to "son", to ease enunciation (avoid the hiatus SA_A)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Gareth321

Ah so it's gender neutral; it could be either.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

Yes, you're right, it could be either "son ami" or "son amie"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TopTenTiger

But how does one differentiate "son ami" from "son amie" in daily speech? is there difference in the pronouncination?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

No difference at all. If any ambiguity with our counterparts, you can say "son amie-EU", or "son amie femme" or "son amie fille". Not academic, but efficient...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tomboraas

should "she is his girlfriend" be correct?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/brendasaltz

why couldn't son mean her in this sentence?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

it could indeed, "his" or "her" still translate in "sa/son"

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