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Which Possessive in which form? (French)

I was doing some Duolingo practice-- Possessives 1 in French --when I started getting some questions wrong. I was trying to strengthen the skill. However, I am still not sure when to use 'ton,' 'vos' or 'votre'. (There are other cases, such as with 'their' and 'my'.) Please help and give me the basic rules. A similar discussion? Post it below following this:


September 21, 2017



The rules are below the exact lesson that you did, in the notes. Here's a screenshot: https://imgur.com/a/YBggl

The word ''your'' in English can be translated 5 ways into French.

Ton (male object, informal)

Ta (female object, informal)

Tes (plural, informal)

Votre (male or female, formal/addressed to multiple)

Vos (plural, formal/multiple people)

« Tu n'aimes que ton canapé, ta télévision et tes pantoufles ». « Vous n'aimez que votre canapé, votre télévision et vos pantoufles ». In English: ''You only like your sofa (male), your television (female) and your slippers (plural)''.

Here is the full list of notes: https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Possessives


oh so votre can also be used for multiple objects? like: vos pantoufles = votre pantoufles??? si'l vous plait correcte moi, si pas vrai


No. Ton/ta, it depends on the gender of the object. For votre, there are no changes. However, it becomes vos when it's plural. Votre pantoufle --> vos pantoufles.


everyone merci beaucoup

PS i hope everyone gets this xD


You cannot say votre pantoufles - it is vos pantoufles.


"addressed to multiple" above means you are speaking to multiple people not that you are referring to multiple objects. Use votre (singular) or vos (plural) when you would use "vous" to address whoever you are speaking to. Use ton (singular, masculine object), ta (singular, feminin object) or tes (plural object) when you would use "tu".

The main difference is that in English it's the person it belongs to that determines which word you use (her = anything belonging to a female; his = anything belonging to a male) but in French it depends on the object that belongs to the person. "Sa voiture" could mean his car or her car. "Voiture" is feminin so you always use "sa" whether it belongs to a man or a woman.


Now I've been learning French for quite a while, I've memorized everything. Thanks for the helpful post!

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