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Definite articles for parts of the body

Annie

Kwiziq community member

29 April 2017

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Definite articles for parts of the body

Having read the lesson about using the definite article when referring to parts of the body, why does the idiom for "taking to one's heels" translate as "nous avons pris nos jambes à notre cou"? as in the practice lesson "la main dans le sac" posted on Facebook recently.

This relates to:
Notre, nos, votre, vos, leur, leurs = our, your, their (possessive adjectives) -

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

29 April 2017

29/04/17

Hi Annie - when referring to a person's own body parts in French, you would usually use the definite article but there are some exceptions: https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/special-cases-when-you-can-use-mon-ma-mes-etc-with-parts-of-the-body-possessive-adjectives

Hope that helps!

Annie

Kwiziq community member

29 April 2017

29/04/17

Merci, ça devient plus clair pour moi maintenant.

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