Ton assiette. 'ton' is masculine. Right? So why we use 'elle' in the example?

Ton assiette. 'ton' is masculine. Right? So why we use 'elle' in the example?

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1Correct answer

You are correcte in noticing that "ton" is the masculine form while "assiette" is feminine. This apparent mismatch is due to the word assiette starting with a vowel. "Ta assiette" would have two vowels clashi g in a difficult to pronounce combination.
The French take the simple way out and use the masculine form whenever this happens.

"Mon amie" is another example. "Amie" is female but you use "mon" nonetheless I believe there is a dedicated lesson on this.

-- Chris.

AurélieKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Kyaw!

Chris is right there, you can see the related lesson:

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/use-mon-not-ma-with-feminine-nouns-starting-with-a-vowel-or-mute-h-possessive-adjectives

However, I also agree this example is a bit complicated and misleading at this level, so I've decided to replace it with a more straightforward sentence.

Merci et à bientôt !

Bonjour Claus et Aurélie. Merci beaucoup.

Ton assiette. 'ton' is masculine. Right? So why we use 'elle' in the example?

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