When do you use etre a instead of la mien, la tien etc?

Bernadette B2Kwiziq community member

When do you use etre a instead of la mien, la tien etc?

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member

Bonjour Bernadette,
Very interesting question! The expression 'être à' means literally 'to be to <someone>', where 'le mien / le tien...' mean 'mine/yours...'.
Therefore they are synonymous, although you don't use them in the same way:
e.g. Ce livre est à moi. (This book is mine.)
C'est le mien. (It's mine)

You can also have a look at our two related lessons:
Le mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)">Le mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)">Le mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)">Le mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)">Le mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)">Le mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/how-to-express-possession-with-etre-aLe mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)">Le mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)">Le mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)">

A bientôt !

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