When would you use the masculine form of a pronoun for a feminine noun

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A

Kwiziq community member

28 September 2018

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When would you use the masculine form of a pronoun for a feminine noun

would you use pronouns ending in 'n' (mon, ton, son) for nouns that begin with vowel or silent h? In doing a recent quiz for the noun 'petite amie' a 'sa' was used... should son have been used instead?

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Common mistakes with mon/ma/mes, ton/ta/tes and son/sa/ses (possessive adjectives) -

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

29 September 2018

29/09/18

Hi A,

"Sa petite amie"(his girlfriend) is correct and the possessive adjective agrees with  the possessed (petite amie) not the possessor (the person whose girlfriend it is) .

Hope this helps!

 

Chris

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2018

30/09/18

And you would also use the masculine form if the noun starts with a vowel:

Son amie but sa petite amie. 

Even though amie is feminine, you use son because it starts with a vowel. With petite there's no need for this anymore because it starts with a consonant. 

A

Kwiziq community member

30 September 2018

30/09/18

so in the case of amie, you would not need the 'n' as the adjective does not begin with a vowel. 

the pronoun changes as a result of the word following it and not the noun? 

sa petite amie

son amie 

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