Le nôtre/le vôtre/le leur/etc = Ours/yours/theirs (French Possessive Pronouns)

In French, just like in English, you use possessive pronouns to indicate possession. However, they have different forms to agree with the gender and number of the thing possessed.

Learn about the French possessive pronouns

Look at these sentences:

J'aime bien ta voiture, elle est mieux que la leur.I like your car, it's better than theirs.

Es-tu propriétaire de ta maison? Nous allons acheter la nôtre.Do you own your house? We're going to buy ours.

Ces lunettes de soleil ne sont pas les leurs.Those sunglasses are not theirs.

The expressions for 'ours', 'yours' and 'theirs' in French agree in gender and number with the noun they imply or replace:

  ours yours (pl) theirs
masc.sing. le nôtre le vôtre le leur
fem.sing. la nôtre la vôtre la leur
masc.pl. les nôtres les vôtres les leurs
fem.pl. les nôtres les vôtres les leurs

 

See also Le mien/le tien/le sien/etc = Mine/yours/his/hers/its (French Possessive Pronouns)
and Expressing possession in French with "être à"

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J'aime bien ta voiture, elle est mieux que la leur.I like your car, it's better than theirs.
Es-tu propriétaire de ta maison? Nous allons acheter la nôtre.Do you own your house? We're going to buy ours.
Ces lunettes de soleil ne sont pas les leurs.Those sunglasses are not theirs.
À qui sont ces stylos? - Ce sont les vôtres.Whose are these pens? - They're yours.
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