Needing to show possession of body part

helen

Kwiziq community member

19 January 2018

4 replies

Needing to show possession of body part

Are these both correct for saying, I wish my hair was thick: "Je me souhaite que les cheveux soient épais" or, " Je souhaite que mes cheveux soient epais?" Can you make basically any verb pronomial by adding reflexis pronouns and then know who's "body part" you're talking about? Thank you!

This relates to:
Using mon, ma, mes, etc with parts of the body (possessive adjectives) -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 January 2018

19/01/18

This would need the input of a native speaker for a definitive answer. But since German treats posession of body parts similarly to French, I am going to venture a guess.

In this case I would the posessive "mes cheveux".

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

helen

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2018

20/01/18

Thank you, Chris! I really appreciate your help. Hopefully, Aurelie will chime in here:)

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

21 January 2018

21/01/18

J'aimerais / je souhaite que mes cheveux soient épais is correct.
You could say j'aimerais avoir les cheveux épais too. You cannot make a reflexive in this case .

helen

Kwiziq community member

21 January 2018

21/01/18

VERY helpful! Thank you!

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