Thanks for your answer! What you say is true if you're studying possessives only, but not if you're practicing random previously learned skills. Regardless of this, I was asking besides what we do here in Duolingo and more towards an understanding of the differences in the sounds of these 2 words for real life conversations.
I agree it's a matter of practice and now I'm able to tell the difference a little bit more accurate than 3 weeks ago. Thanks again and let's keep it up! :)
According to this link, there shouldn't be a liaisong between "enfants" and "écrivent" since it's a Sujet + Verbe form. Is this one of those cases where Duolingo pronunciation is faulty?
If this were a statement to two parents about their one child would it be "Tes enfant..."? Or can "your child" be the same, as in English, to mean two people with one child "Ton enfant..."
I hope my question makes sense. It is hard to describe the concept I'm thinking of so clearly. LOL Merci for your help.
The possessive adjective ending matches the possessions gender and number, so a feminine noun would have "ta" in front of it and a plural noun would have "tes" in front of it. "ton garçon, ta fille, tes enfants". The possessive for the vous form uses "votre garçon, votre fille, vos enfants". http://french.about.com/od/grammar/ss/subjectpronouns.htm#step3 http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_possessive.htm
Some liasons are obligatory some are not allowed and others are optional. This one is optional, but commonly it is not. It would be done in a high register situation.
http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons.htm http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-f.htm http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-o.htm http://french.about.com/library/pronunciation/bl-liaisons-r.htm
Actually the second one is wrong, you'd say "Ton enfant écrit.".
Écrit is the right form for 3rd person singular, and for the possessive of the formal you, we have the 3 words, ton/ta/tes. Whenever a singular noun starts with a vowel, you use the masculine form regardless of the object's gender, so in this case we use ton.
Votre is formal. Tes is informal. So if it's someone you didn't know, and you wanted to address them formally, you would say 'votre.' But if it's a friend and you wish to address them informally, you would use the 'tu' form, which in this case is 'tes.' I think here, the assumption is that someone who is commenting about someone else's children knows the people to whom he/she is addressing, so the informal 'tu' form is appropriate.
All of them mean the same - "your", only difference is in the usage with gender and singular/plural contexts.
ton (sing. masc.) ta (sing. fem.) tes (plural)
e.g. a. I love your brother (masc obj.) ~ je adore ton frere b. I love your daughter (fem. obj.) ~ Je adore ta fille c. I love your children (plural obj) ~ Je adore tes enfants
Hope that helps!