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mon/mienne

what is the difference between mon and mienne? are there sentences when you can use mon, but not mienne? could use some examples please

July 7, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/demilade1410

Mienne means mine and mon means my. So you cannot say 'give me mine pencil,'now can you? Instead you say ' give me MY pencil.' And you can't say 'that bag is my.' You say 'that bag is mine.' Am I right?

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/relox84

You're correct, but it's slightly more complex than that, because mien/mienne is always preceded by a definite article, and also agrees in gender and number:

C'est mon sac -> C'est le mien (it's my bag -> it's mine)

C'est ma voiture -> C'est la mienne (it's my car -> it's mine)

Ce sont mes sacs -> Ce sont les miens (these are my bags -> these are mine)

Ce sont mes voitures - Ce sont les miennes (these are my cars -> these are mine)

Other possessive pronouns also have the same distinctions:

ton / ta / tes -> le tien / la tienne / les tiens / les tiennes (your -> yours)

son / sa / ses -> le sien / la sienne / les siens / les siennes (his/her/its -> his/hers/its)

notre / nos -> le nôtre / la nôtre / les nôtres (our -> ours)

votre / vos -> le vôtre / la vôtre / les vôtres (your -> yours)

leur / leurs -> le leur / la leur / les leurs (their -> theirs)

July 7, 2017

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

but it's slightly more complex than that, because mien/mienne is always preceded by a definite article

Note that in formal and literature, you can find it used without an article as mien(ne)(s) is an adjective, while le(la/les) mien(ne)(s) is the pronoun (and same for other persons).
Just one example which is not too much formal/literature: Je fais mien votre argument..

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/demilade1410

Oh ok

July 7, 2017

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

were you talking to me?????

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elinor252714

thank you!

July 7, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/demilade1410

No problem :)

July 7, 2017

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

how are you?

July 7, 2017

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

Mon = My (masculine) & (La) mienne = Mine (feminine)

July 7, 2017
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