Possession Using de

Possession Using de - (They are the boys parents/They are...

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Possession Using de The preposition  de  (of) is used to express relationship and possession. If the sentence has two or  more nouns,  de  (or  d'  before a vowel) is repeated before each noun:  Ce sont les parents de Roger et  de Luc . (They are Roger and Luke's parents./They are the parents of Roger and of Luke.)  With masculine singular and plural nouns,  de  contracts with the definite article  le  to become  du  or  contracts with  les  to become  des  in order to express “of the”:  Ce sont les parents du garçon . (They are the boy's parents./They are the parents of  the boy.)  Ce sont les parents des garçons
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Unformatted text preview: . (They are the boys' parents./They are the parents of the boys.) Possession Using être à The idiom être à (to belong to) is usually used to show possession of a thing. Conjugate être to agree with the subject, and if the sentence contains two or more nouns, repeat the preposition à before each noun: Ces CDs sont à Mathieu et à Bernard . (These CDs belong to Mathew and Bernard.) Note how être à is used in questions, as follows: • À qui est ce stylo? (Whose pen is this?) • À qui sont ces magazines? (Whose magazines are these?)...
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course FR 101 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Texas State.

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