Il faut faire son lit

JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Il faut faire son lit

Why is it not il faut faire ton or votre lit, rather than son
Asked 1 year ago
LauraKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Jennifer,

Il faut is an impersonal expression, so when talking about making one's bed in general, you need son.
If you were telling a specific person to make their bed, you'd use ton or votre.

Il faut faire son lit. = You (as in everyone/peoplemust make his (one's) bed.

Il faut faire ton lit. = You (specifically) must make your bed.

RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Bonsoir Jennifer, I think that we have a possessive pronoun issue here. ton --> your votre --> your (formal or plural) SON --> his This lessons concerns the shortcut to avoid the use of the subjunctive. Using le subjonctif one would say: Il faut QU'il (elle) fasse son lit. --> It is necessary that he makes his bed. I hope this helps.
JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Thank you both. The question came in the quiz and the translation I think was you must make your bed , which sounds as if it is directed at a specific person, hence my question. I think the problem is English uses ‘one’ in theory, but in ptactice much more rarely than in French and you then can be ambiguous, is it an impersonal usage or not.
HelenA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Laura, would you also say this in the subjunctive?: "Il faut que tu fasses ton lit"

Il faut faire ton lit. = You (specifically) must make your bed.

Is there any difference in the way these are used?

LauraKwiziq team member
Yes, you can use the subjunctive, that makes it a stronger, more specific command.
HelenA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
Wow! Thank you!
JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
My thanks too.  Some light dawning
JenniferC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
My thanks too.  Some light dawning

Il faut faire son lit

Why is it not il faut faire ton or votre lit, rather than son

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