When do you use etre a instead of la mien, la tien etc?


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14 March 2016

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When do you use etre a instead of la mien, la tien etc?


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14 March 2016


Bonjour Bernadette,
Very interesting question! The expression 'être à' means literally 'to be to <someone>', where 'le mien / le tien...' mean 'mine/yours...'.
Therefore they are synonymous, although you don't use them in the same way:
e.g. Ce livre est à moi. (This book is mine.)
C'est le mien. (It's mine)

You can also have a look at our two related lessons:

A bientôt !

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