Possessive Pronouns

le mien, le tien – les pronoms possessifs

The possessive pronoun equates to mine, yours, his, hers, etc. and replace a noun introduced by a possessive adjective (mon, ma, mes, etc.)

yours (tu)
his, hers, its
le mien
le tien
le sien
la mienne
la tienne
la sienne
les miens
les tiens
les siens
les miennes
les tiennes
les siennes
yours (vous)
le nôtre
le vôtre
le leur
la nôtre
la vôtre
la leur
les nôtres
les vôtres
les leurs

  • C’est ma voiture -> C’est la mienne. It’s my car -> It’s mine.
  • C’est ton chien -> C’est le tien. It’s your dog -> It’s yours.
  • C’est notre maison -> C’est la nôtre. It’s our house -> It’s ours.
  • Ce sont leurs chats -> Ce sont les leurs. -> They’re their cat. They’re theirs.

example sentences

  • Tes parents habitent en Angleterre. Les miens habitent en France. Your parents live in England. Mine live in France.
  • J’aime mon ordinateur mais je péfère le tien. I like my computer but I prefer yours.
  • J’aime ma pizza mais je je péfère la vôtre. I like like my pizza but I prefer yours.
  • J’aime notre bateau mais je péfère le leur. I like our boat but I prefer theirs.
  • J’aime nos chats mais je péfère les leurs. I like our cats but I prefer theirs.

Possessive pronouns are also used for making comparisons. 

  • Mon père est plus âgé que le tien. My father is older than yours.
  • Ma voiture est plus grande que la tienne. My car is bigger than yours.
  • Ta maison est plus spacieuse que la mienne. Your house is more spacious than mine.

Le sien and la sienne  can cause confusion as they can mean his and hers. You must know the context of the sentence to understand the meaning.

  • J’aime cette chaise mais je péfère la sienne. I like this chair but I prefer his. -> This could also mean I prefer hers as la sienne must agree with la chaise, which is feminine.
  • J’aime mon chien mais je péfère le sien. I like my dog but I prefer his. -> This could also mean I prefer hers. Le sien must agree with the gender of le chien, which is masculine.

The prepositions à and de contract with possessive pronouns.

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  • Tu penses à ton examen et je pense au mien. You think about your exam and I’m thinking about mine.
  • Tu téléphone à tes parents et je téléphone au miens. You call your parents and I call mine.
  • Tu te souviens de tes vacances et je me souviens des miennes. You remember your vacation and I remember mine.
  • Tu as besoin de ta voiture et j’ai besoin de la mienne. You need your car and I need mine.
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