avec sa canne dans la main.. why don't we say sa main?

LYNDEL

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13 February 2019

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avec sa canne dans la main.. why don't we say sa main?

This question relates to:
French lesson "Common mistakes with mon/ma/mes, ton/ta/tes and son/sa/ses (possessive adjectives)"

Chris

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15 February 2019

15/02/19

You would only use "sa main" if there were a need to clarify which hand the cane was actually in. In English you could say, "cane in hand" and wouldn't need to say which hand it was either. When there's no potential of misunderstanding, the French use the definite article instead of the possessive pronoun.

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