Chapter 8
Possessive form

Belonging ('s equivalents)

English uses 's to indicate that something belongs to someone. French uses de.

Examples:

  • Ce sont les chaussures de Pierre. Audio. Press to listen!
    These are Pierre's shoes.
  • Elle est la soeur de Jean. Audio. Press to listen!
    She is Jean's sister.

Please note that de + le = du. For example:

  • Le chat de la dame
    The lady's cat
  • Le chat (de le) du garçon
    The boy's cat

If the noun begins with a vowel or with a silent h, use de + l'.

  • Les pieds de l'homme
    Man's feet
Chapter 8
Possessive form