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

In most cases, you use the possessive adjectives ma, taor sa with a feminine noun (e.g. ma valise). See Mon, ma, mes; ton, ta, tes; son, sa, ses = my; your; his / her (possessive adjectives)

But look at these examples:

mon ami Thomas et mon amie Sarah
my friend Thomas and my friend Sarah

Mon aventure est une aventure passionnante.
My adventure is an exciting adventure.

J'ai une horloge qui est plus grande que ton horloge.
I have a clock which is bigger than your clock.

Note that if the feminine noun begins with a vowel or mute h, you will use mon, ton or son instead.
This presumably makes the pronunciation easier.


ATTENTION:
The possessive adjective ending being determined by the word directly following it, you will use ma, ta, sa if there is an adjective starting with a consonant inbetween the possessive adjective and the noun.

C'est ton amie ? - Non, c'est ma petite amie.
She is your friend? - No, she is my girlfriend.



More Possessive Adjectives

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

and also the more advanced

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

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

mon ami Thomas et mon amie Sarah
my friend Thomas and my friend Sarah


C'est ton amie ? - Non, c'est ma petite amie.
She is your friend? - No, she is my girlfriend.



J'ai une horloge qui est plus grande que ton horloge.
I have a clock which is bigger than your clock.


Mon aventure est une aventure passionnante.
My adventure is an exciting adventure.


Son opinion est une opinion intéressante.
His opinion is an interesting opinion.


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