Why VOS and not VOTRE?
Because "dogs" is plural.
Remember: in French, possessive adjectives agree with the object, not with the owner.
"tes grands chiens ..." is marked incorrect??
I had the same problem :/
Me too ^^
But I said chiennes? I feel like that's a word...
When the gender is not specifically mentioned, you have to assume that it is masculine.
I used "ton", and this is what I got:
Tes grands chiens boivent.
Vos gros chiens boivent.
chiens is undefined, not masculine.
If I'm assuming it's masculine, and use "chiens", why can't I use "ton"?
"ton chien" is masculine singular
"tes chiens" is masculine plural
I am so confused. Why is duolingo telling me it's undefined then?
I am confused as to when one should use "ta/tes" versus "votre/vos".
Anyone have any pointers?
ta/tes is used when referring to one person, whereas votre/vos is used when referring to more than one person. I hope that answers your question -- that's the best way I can put it.
you have missed one: votre/vos is used for one person you don't know well (polite "you")
French dogs have class :D
One of the options given for me for this sentence was "Les chiens boivent du vin"
how are we suppose to know when to use ton or votre or vos???
"ton" and "votre" are singular, respectively matching "tu" and "vous".
"vos" goes with "vous" but it is plural (agreeing with "dogs").
Why cant i use grandes in this sentence? Whats the difference between grands and grandes
I understand you can use either vos or tes, the latter being less formal. But my question is why does using the less formal tes make the dogs female and why are they male if you use the more formal vos?
I think that Duolingo offered crossed alternatives in one sentence, to save space:
All of these are valid to translate "your big dogs"
"Vos grosses chiens boivent" - it corrected it to "chiennes". Why does dogs have to be feminine?
the generic word for dogs is chiens (masc)
grosses is feminine plural, if you use it, you need a feminine noun (and vice-versa) : chiennes
vos gros chiens is correct as well as vos grosses chiennes
What is the difference between "gros" and "grand"?
gros is a matter of volume and weight, grand a matter of height or length