Use of "le, la, les.." vs. possessive pronouns: "son, sa, ses..."

N. Hilary (Shamrockhill)C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Use of "le, la, les.." vs. possessive pronouns: "son, sa, ses..."

I have noticed that all the phrases use the pronouns, "le or la". As in:

"La fille dont le frere travaillait avec moi..."

"Francois, dont j'ai rencontre la femme..."

Is there any problem with saying the following for example?:

"La fille, dont son frere travaillait avec moi, a gagne le prix"

"La femme, dont son fils j'ai rencontre la semaine derniere..."

"Amelie, dont ses enfants sont venus chez nous, sont bien eleves"


Asked 1 year ago
N. Hilary (Shamrockhill)C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Answering my own question:

After reading over my question again, I suspect that the use of "son, sa, ses" would be redundant, because "dont" in this case means, "whose" and therefore there is no need to use the possessive pronouns. It also sounds rather awkward to my ears. But, just wanted to clarify.

As usual, thank you for your feedback.

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes, it would sound redundant.

Use of "le, la, les.." vs. possessive pronouns: "son, sa, ses..."

I have noticed that all the phrases use the pronouns, "le or la". As in:

"La fille dont le frere travaillait avec moi..."

"Francois, dont j'ai rencontre la femme..."

Is there any problem with saying the following for example?:

"La fille, dont son frere travaillait avec moi, a gagne le prix"

"La femme, dont son fils j'ai rencontre la semaine derniere..."

"Amelie, dont ses enfants sont venus chez nous, sont bien eleves"


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