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les/tes for body part

Carol W.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

les/tes for body part

if show me your hands is tes , why isn't it ta main for raise your hand/

Asked 3 years ago
Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Need to know the context for the phrases to comment specifically. In general terms, my understanding of choosing between definite or possessive articles with body parts etc is :

1. Use the definite article  when it is unambiguous whose body part etc is referred to - context is important.   

2. Use the definite article with reflexive verbs; these verbs make it clear whose body part etc is referred to

3. Don’t use the definite article if the body part etc is the subject of the verb - use possessive article 

4. There are optional use situations - for these there is guidance, but you need to develop “a feel” by reading and listening to lots of French !

Special cases when you use mon/ma/mes/etc with parts of the body (French Possessive Adjectives)

les/tes for body part

if show me your hands is tes , why isn't it ta main for raise your hand/

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