Notre, nos, votre, vos, leur, leurs = our, your, their (possessive adjectives)

Look at these examples:

Ils aiment leurs parents.They love their parents.

Nous promenons notre chien.We walk our dog.

Vous faites vos devoirs.You do your homework.

Pouvez-vous apporter vos chaussures, s'il-vous-plaît?Can you bring your shoes please?

Vous avez passé votre examen.You took/sat your exam.

Nous avons nos passeports.We have our passports.

Notice that to express our, your and their, you use the possessive adjectives notre/nos, votre/vos, leur/leurs, as following:

 

  Singular Plural
our notre
nos
your (vous) votre
vos
their leur
leurs

Note the similarity of the forms.


IMPORTANT: The first letter is determined by the owner (n =our; v =your, l =their) etc. but the rest of the adjective is related to the number of the thing that is possessed.

More Possessive Adjectives

Mon, ma, mes; ton, ta, tes; son, sa, ses = my; your; his / her (possessive adjectives)

and also the more advanced

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

Using "mon" rather than "ma" with feminine nouns starting with a vowel or mute h (possessive adjectives)

Want to make sure your French sounds confident? We’ll map your knowledge and give you free lessons to focus on your gaps and mistakes. Start your Braimap today »

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

Vive le vent, vive le vent,
Vive le vent d'hiver,
Qui rapporte aux vieux enfants,
Leurs souvenirs d'hier, oh !
Long live the wind, long live the wind,
Long live the winter wind,
Which brings to old kids,
Their memories of yesterday, oh!
Vous avez passé votre examen.You took/sat your exam.
Nous avons nos passeports.We have our passports.
Ils aiment leurs parents.They love their parents.
Pouvez-vous apporter vos chaussures, s'il-vous-plaît?Can you bring your shoes please?
Nous promenons notre chien.We walk our dog.
Vous faites vos devoirs.You do your homework.
Let me take a look at that...