Why was "sa" used here? It is the only example of "sa".

Judy

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2017

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Why was "sa" used here? It is the only example of "sa".

Il faut toujours avoir sa carte sur soi.
One must always have one's map on them.
You must always have your map on you.

This relates to:
Expressing possession with son, sa, ses and personne, tout le monde, chacun, il faut (possessive adjectives) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

11 April 2017

11/04/17

Bonjour Judy !

The reason you used "sa" here is that "carte" is a feminine noun, and that the possessive adjectives always agree with the *owned* object in French :)
The other examples were simply masculine ones, hence "son", or plural "ses".

However, I've decided to add a note to remove any ambiguity :)
I hope that's helpful!
Merci et à bientôt !

Judy

Kwiziq community member

12 April 2017

12/04/17

Bonjour Aurelie! I kept pondering this lesson and finally figured out that my problem was the first example on the page: "Tout le monde a son opinion." I knew the owned object was feminine but forgot that since "opinion" started with a vowel I needed to use the masculine "son"!
It might be clearer to have a "sa" answer in the first set of examples. But then I wouldn't have reviewed the adjustment we have to make at times with words starting with a vowel or silent h!
I really have enjoyed your lessons. They are very clear to a 78 year old French learner.
Merci et a bientot!

Judy

Kwiziq community member

12 April 2017

12/04/17

Oh, I see you already fixed everything. Good job!
Merci et a bientot!

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