Yes. The gender of the possessive is all about the thing that is possessed. It has nothing to do with who possesses it.
'Ton'/'Ta'/'Tes' are used when you're referring to only one person as 'You', and not a group of people.
'Ton' is used with masculine nouns, 'Ta' with feminine nouns, and 'tes' with plural nouns.
'Votre/Vos" are used when you're referring to more than one as 'You', or when you're being formal.
"Votre" is used for both types of nouns, "Vos" is used with plural nouns.
"Ton" (= your) is used with masculine nouns in the singular form. – Ton livre
"Ton" (= your) is also used with feminine nouns in the singular form that begin with a vowel sound. – Ton amie
"Vos" (= your) is used with masculine and feminine nouns, both in the plural form. – Vos enfants
“Votre” (= your) is used with masculine and feminine nouns, both in the singular form. – Votre femme
It's not that simple.
Tu is strictly the informal singular and is used to address family members and people you're on a first-name basis with. Its associated possessives are ton/ta/tes.
Vous is either the all-purpose plural or the formal singular. It's used either to address multiple people or one person who "outranks" you. Its associated possessives are votre/vos.
Not everyone gets the question presented to them in the same way. And sometimes Duo glitches. Everyone will experience this question differently.
you don't have to put "un" before chapeau because your not saying" a your hat " your just saying "your hat" does that help?
No. An unaccented "e" at the end of a word is never pronounced in speech*. It might affect how the previous consonant is pronounced, but the "e" per se is silent.
*Song and poetry are a different consideration.
if your having trouble spelling "chapeau", always remember chap as in an boy or man and eau as in water in french.
It matters who you're addressing and how many things they have.
tu (both singular and informal)
ta soeur, ta mère - your sister, your mother (feminine, singular)
ton frère, ton père - your brother, your father (masculine, singular)
tes soeurs, tes frères - your sisters, your brothers (plural)
vous (either plural or polite)
votre soeur, votre frère - your sister, your brother (singular)
vos soeurs, vos frères - your sisters, your brothers (plural)
So "your hat" could be "ton chapeau" or "votre chapeau".
Ah my mistake... I sometimes mistakenly think everything which ends with an e or u is feminine but not always
Yeah, "ends in E" is not a useful rule of thumb when determining if a noun is masculine or feminine. French is pretty irregular, so the best thing is just rote memorization. My notes look something like this:
un chapeau = a hat = (m)
un livre = a book = (m)
une table = a table = (f)
No. "Chapeau" is masculine and all adjectives, including possessives, must agree with the noun they modify. It does not matter whose hat it is.
so you can use votre and ton or ta for the same thing, but only votre if plural? Is this correct? Also only use votre (and not ton or ta) if it's formal? Please correct me if I am wrong...
There are two ways to say "you": If it's singular and informal, you use
tu. If it's plural or formal, you use
So your friend is
tu, your friends are
vous, your teacher is
vous, your teachers are
If you're using "tu", then you use "ton", "ta", or "tes".
ton means the thing that person has is masculine;
ta if the thing that person has is feminine,
tes if the person has multiple things.
If it's your friend's hat, it's
ton chapeau. If it's your friend's table, it's
ta table. Multiple hats, tables, or some combination thereof is
tes choses (your things).
If you're addressing multiple people or one person you're not on a first-name basis with, then it would be
votre chapeau or
votre table or
Thank you so very much. That helped me ten fold!!! I finally get it...with the multiple part too... seriously, thanks a bunch!
This has already been answered. Please read the rest of the comments on this thread.
If it were hats that were plural, then it would be "tes chapeaux" or "vos chapeaux". But since hat is singular, then it's "ton chapeau" or "votre chapeau".
"Ton/ta/tes" is used for "tu", the singular informal "you".
"Votre/vos" is used for "vous", the plural or formal "you".
did duolingo make a mistake, or when you see 'your' so you just assume its the formal version of the word (votre)?
How was the question presented to you? If you had to type it in, then either "votre chapeau" or "ton chapeau" should be accepted. If it's multiple choice, make sure to select all valid translations, as the instructions say. If you did that, then it's possible Duo glitched.
I keep on getting different answers for this. I got votre, but it was supposed to be notre. Then I put notre and it said that it was supposed to be votre!
Sounds like Duo glitched.
"Votre" means it belongs to "vous" (y'all").
"Notre" means it belongs to "nous" (we/us).
There are so may different ways to say "your," so how do we know when to use each one???
If you are addressing one person and you are on a first-name basis with them (family counts), you use
tu with them. Therefore:
ton singular masculine thing: your pen = ton stylo
ta singular feminine thing: your chair = ta chaise
tes plural things: your shoes = tes chaussures
If you are addressing multiple people or one person you are not on a first-name basis with, you use
vous with them. Therefore:
votre singular thing: your pencil = votre crayon
vos plural things: your computers = vos ordinateurs
They said i should pay attention to gender.
Because it's only one hat. "Your hats" would be "vos chapeaux" or "tes chapeaux".
"Your hat" is "ton chapeau" or "votre chapeau".
votre = singular possessive for the plural "you" (vous)
vos = plural possessive for the plural "you" (vous)
notre = singular possessive for "we" (nous)
nos = plural possessive for "we" (nous)
votre chapeau = your hat
vos chapeaux = your hats
notre chapeau = our hat
nos chapeaux = our hats
I knew Tes is not correct since Tes is plural. I know Nos is Our. So I tried Vos thinking it is Your. Is Vos even a real word?
Yes, "vos" is the plural of "votre".
mon chapeau/mes chapeaux
ton chapeau/tes chapeaux
son chapeau/ses chapeaux
notre chapeau/nos chapeaux
votre chapeau/vos chapeaux
leur chapeau/leurs chapeaux
What is the difference between ton, tes, votre and vos or some other 'your' if any. Thanks in advance:)
tu is "you" when used as both singular and informal (a friend; a student; a family member; etc.).
ta = your (singular, feminine thing)
ta table (your table)
ton = your (singular, masculine thing)
ton crayon (your pencil)
tes = your (plural things)
tes chapeaux (your hats)
vous is "you" when used as either plural or formal (multiple of the above, or one teacher, boss, supervisor, etc.).
votre = your (singular thing)
votre table (your table)
votre crayon (your pencil)
vos = your (plural things)
vos chapeaux (your hats)
Gender and number agreement is with the thing owned, not with the person who owns them.
I type vos chapeaux. Wrong because of the x. Then I type vos chapeau. Says it should be ton chapeau. Can anyone explain this please?
If you read the rest of the comments on this page, you'll see you question has already been answered.
Hat is the broad category of headwear.
Cap is a specific style, like a baseball cap.
It could be votre or ton because there's no context to tell us if this is the familiar or the polite. But it's not any of the others because "chapeau" is masculine singular. It's not vos or tes because those are plural and it's not ta because that's feminine singular.
Why couldnt it have been vos? Ive only just started learning and im not to sure
Because "vos" is for plural things. Here, "hat" is singular, so it takes the singular "votre".
But that's only if you address the person/people as "vous". If you address the person as "tu", then it would be "ta" for a singular feminine thing, "ton" for a singular masculine thing, and "tes" for plural things. And the noun has to be grammatically masculine or feminine, it has nothing to do with whether the person is male or female.
There's more discussion on the rest of this page.
Masculine, not male.
vos is plural.
ton - singular masculine
ta - singular feminine
tes - plural
votre - singular
vos - plural
This has been discussed on this page already. Please make sure to read the comments first.
Please read the rest of the comments on this page. Your question has already been asked and answered multiple times.
Are there different ways to say "you"? Formal "you" and informal "you" or something like that?
If you are addressing one person you are on a first-name basis with (family counts), you use
If you are addressing multiple people OR one person you are not on a first-name basis with (you use an honorific like Ms, Mr, Dr, etc), you use
Just like in English, no matter whether you're using the singular or the plural "vous", it still takes all the same verb forms. Vous êtes; vous avez; etc.
Please read the rest of the comments on this page for more details.
No. In the singular it is only "votre" and in the plural it is only "vos". Similarly, in the singular it is only "notre" and in the plural it is only "nos". In the singular, it is only "leur" and in the plural it is only "leurs".
Its strange i wrote down vos chapeau and it said it was wrong and said the correct thing is ton chapeau and then i come here to comments and it says its supposed to be votre chapeau which one is correct??????
Ton chapeau and votre chapeau are both correct. "Ton" is used for the singular "tu" and "votre" is used for the plural "vous".
"Vos chapeau" is wrong because "vos" is for plural things and "chapeau" is a singular thing. Ton chapeau/votre chapeau; tes chapeaux/vos chapeaux.
If you address one person as
tu, then the possessives are
ton (for a singular masculine thing),
ta (for a singular feminine thing), and
tes (for plural things).
If you address one person or multiple people as
vous, then the possessives are
votre (for a singular thing) and
vos (for plural things).
"Chapeau" is singular masculine, so "your hat" is either
ton chapeau or
So if I had written " Ton chapeau " as the answer was in an earlier exercise,would I have been marked correct,? This exercise was a choice of words on placards, So forced to choose " Votre " . But I am sure to get the same or similar to write out myself.
Yes. Both "ton chapeau" and "votre chapeau" translate into English as "your hat".
For more details, please read the rest of this page.
Why Vos and not Votre ?? Why Nos and not Notre ??
Please help because this is really confusing to me
Nous is "we".
The possessives are "notre" (for a singular thing) and "nos" (for plural things).
Vous is "you" (plural or polite).
The possessives are "votre" (for a singular thing) and "vos" (for plural things).
It is frustrating when both formal and informal answer would be correct, but Duolingo marks the informal as incorrect. How the hell should I know by a simple "your" that Duolingo expects formal? Please fix this behavior. Something like this would be good: "Correct! And Votre chapeau" would be correct as well.
It would help to know how the question was presented to you. If it was multiple choice and both options were presented, you should have selected both instead of only one of them.