Expressing possession with être à

Look at these sentences expressing possession:

Cette ceinture est à eux.This belt is theirs.  (a mixed group or male group)

C'est à qui? / À qui c'est?Whose is it?

C'est à moi!It's mine!

Ce sac est à lui.This bag is his.

Ces chaussures sont à elle.These shoes are hers.

Ces bonbons sont à elles.These sweets are theirs (female group).

To express possession in French (It's mine, yours...), you can use the expression être à + moi/toi/lui/elle/nous/vous/eux/elles (literally it is to me/you/...)

Grammar note: in French you use the disjunctive/stress pronouns (moi/toi/lui/elle ...), whereas in English you use the possessive pronouns (mine/yours/his/hers ....)

 

See also Le mien, le tien, le sien, etc = Mine, yours, his/hers/its (possessive pronouns)
and Le nôtre, le vôtre, le leur, etc = Ours, yours, theirs (possessive pronouns)

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Examples and resources

Ces bonbons sont à elles.These sweets are theirs (female group).
C'est à moi!It's mine!
Cette ceinture est à eux.This belt is theirs.  (a mixed group or male group)
C'est à qui? / À qui c'est?Whose is it?
Ces chaussures sont à elle.These shoes are hers.
Ce sac est à lui.This bag is his.
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