Le mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)

Look at the sentences:

Puis-je emprunter ton vélo? J'ai perdu le mien.
Can I borrow your bike? I've lost mine.

C'est à qui ce stylo? C'est le mien.
Whose is this pen? It's mine.

Ces lunettes de soleil ne sont pas les siennes.
Those sunglasses are not his.

The expressions for 'mine', 'yours' and 'his/hers' in French agree in gender and number with the noun they imply or replace:

  mine yours his/hers
masc.sing. le mien le tien le sien
fem.sing. la mienne la tienne la sienne
masc.pl. les miens les tiens les siens
fem.pl. les miennes les tiennes les siennes

 

See also Le nôtre, le vôtre, le leur, etc = Ours, yours, theirs (possessive pronouns)
and Expressing possession with être à

Learn more about these related French grammar topics

Examples and resources

J'aime bien ta voiture, elle est mieux que la mienne.
I like your car, it's better than mine.


Puis-je emprunter ton vélo? J'ai perdu le mien.
Can I borrow your bike? I've lost mine.



C'est à qui ce stylo? C'est le mien.
Whose is this pen? It's mine.


Ces lunettes de soleil ne sont pas les siennes.
Those sunglasses are not his.


Q&A

Daniel

Kwiziq community member

21 June 2017

1 reply

J'aime bien ta voiture, elle est mieux que la mienne.

Why mieux and not meilleure? Une bonne voiture, une voiture meilleure que la mienne?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

21 June 2017

21/06/17

Bonjour Daniel,
J'aime bien ta voiture, elle est mieux que la mienne.
I like your car, it's better than mine.
In the phrase, obviously it is a comparaison, i.e. comparing ta voiture to la mienne. The word «mieux» is the adverb and «meilleure» is an adjective. So in comparing the two cars, the adverb is used for the comparaison. If the speaker were to be describing his own car in some detail, then the adjective would be used is the sense that I have on the difference.
Bonne chance!

Surendra

Kwiziq community member

11 April 2017

1 reply

ta vs ton

J'aime bien ta voiture Puis-je emprunter ton vélo? When do we use 'ta' and when do we use 'ton'

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

11 April 2017

11/04/17

Bonjour Surenda,

You use ton with masculine nouns like vélo, and ta with femininte nouns like voiture. See our lesson at https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/3190

Melody

Kwiziq community member

16 June 2016

2 replies

C'est à moi

I seem to remember another lesson that talked about the the sort of construction above. Something like Whose suitcase is this? (French translation appreciated)- C'est a moi. = It's mine. I have trouble remembering the "names" of the different types of pronouns. Would it be possible to add a link to the lesson that discussed à moi, à toi, etc. ?

Melody

Kwiziq community member

16 June 2016

16/06/16

.p.s I posted this as a Q re: the lesson on possessive pronouns- la mienne, etc.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

17 June 2016

17/06/16

Bonjour Melody !


Thank you for your request, these links were indeed much needed, and thanks to you, they've been added to the related lessons.


Here is the link to the lesson regarding expressing possession with être à + stress pronoun
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/how-to-express-possession-with-etre-a


Merci et à bientôt !

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