Ton assiette. 'ton' is masculine. Right? So why we use 'elle' in the example?

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Kyaw

Kwiziq community member

21 December 2017

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Ton assiette. 'ton' is masculine. Right? So why we use 'elle' in the example?

This question relates to:
French lesson "C'est vs il/elle est: Saying it is"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

21 December 2017

21/12/17

You are correcte in noticing that "ton" is the masculine form while "assiette" is feminine. This apparent mismatch is due to the word assiette starting with a vowel. "Ta assiette" would have two vowels clashi g in a difficult to pronounce combination.
The French take the simple way out and use the masculine form whenever this happens.

"Mon amie" is another example. "Amie" is female but you use "mon" nonetheless I believe there is a dedicated lesson on this.

-- Chris.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

21 December 2017

21/12/17

Bonjour Kyaw!

Chris is right there, you can see the related lesson:

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/use-mon-not-ma-with-feminine-nouns-starting-with-a-vowel-or-mute-h-possessive-adjectives

However, I also agree this example is a bit complicated and misleading at this level, so I've decided to replace it with a more straightforward sentence.

Merci et à bientôt !

Kyaw

Kwiziq community member

21 December 2017

21/12/17

Bonjour Claus et Aurélie. Merci beaucoup.

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