How to Express Possession in French = Use ‘de’

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In this grammar lesson you will learn about the how to express possession in French

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to express possession in French
  • how the possessive de is used in French sentences
  • how you can immediately test your knowledge on how to express possession in French
  • the way to download Anki files for how to express possession in French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about how the possessive de fits in A1 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to express possession in French!

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How to Express Possession in French

To express possession in French you will use de (of).

Before I show you an example of this in French, let’s first have a look at how we do it in English.

In English, you will use ‘s to express possession.

Here’s an example.

This is Noah’s car.

As you can see, you are adding the ‘s after Noah.

However, in French this will look at bit different.

C’est la voiture de Noah.

This is Noah‘s car.

Essentially in English you would say: the person’s object.

But in French you would say: the object of the person.

The French form was also used in Old English

Le livre de David.

The book of David.

Here are some more examples that show you how to express possession in French.

C’est le sac d’Andrea.

This is Andrea‘s bag.

C’est l’ordinateur de Juliette.

This is the computer of Juliette.

C’est le stylo de Jeanne.

This is the pen of Jeanne.

Le paquet de Charles est ici.

Charles‘s package is here.

Les enfants des Jones sont ici.

The Jones children are here.

Please note that you always need to add the definite articles (le, la, and les).

Please also note, that if the person that owns the object is plural, then de will change to des.

You can see this in the example with the Jones family.

A family consists out of more than one person.

So de will change into des.

Example Sentences on How to Express Possession in French

The final section of this lesson on how to express possession in French is about seeing the possesssive adjectives in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to express possession in French through examples.

J’ai les clés d’Alexandra.

I have the keys of Alexandra.

C’est la voiture de Noah.

This is Noah‘s car.

Le livre de David.

The book of David.

C’est le sac d’Andrea.

This is Andrea‘s bag.

C’est l’ordinateur de Juliette.

This is the computer of Juliette.

C’est le stylo de Jeanne.

This is the pen of Jeanne.

Le paquet de Charles est ici.

Charles‘s package is here.

Les enfants des Jones sont ici.

The Jones children are here.

Test Your Knowledge on How to Express Possession in French

It’s not enough just to read the article on this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and do them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want.

Anki File for How to Express Possession in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A1 you can practice every French A1 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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