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“Son nom” vs “sa nom” for a female

I am going through an exercise in a book, which states: Elle s'appelle Evelyne Deschamps. __ prénom est Évelyne. __ nom est Deschamps. The blanks have to be filled with Sa or Son. Is do not ...
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How would you refer to someone outside the gender binary in french?

If you were referring to a person who identified as gender neutral (did not identify their gender as either male or female), how would you refer to them in French, since it is a heavily gendered ...
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Quel pronom sujet pour se substituer à « cela » ?

Cette question provient de la P181 dans Advanced French Grammar de V Mazet : When the subject pronoun is ça, you can't do a simple inversion. There are three possible forms for questions. Each ...
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Why is “ton image” correct and not “ta image”?

Isn't the pronoun supposed to match the noun genre? If "image" is feminine shouldn't we use "ta"?
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Which gender for “I did it” in French?

In French, if I want to say I did it, do I use the masculine le or the feminine la? Should I then say Je l'ai fait or Je l'ai faite?
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Gender of non-specific antecedent

If a noun hasn't been mentioned yet, how do we know what gender it has? For example, suppose I make two cups of coffee, and I want to say to someone, "This one is for you," but I haven't mentioned ...
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« Nulle part » ou « nul part » ?

Je n'arrive pas à me faire une opinion sur comment il faut écrire « nul(?) part ». Part étant du féminin, il me semble, je verrais nulle, mais ça me choque sans je sache pourquoi, et avec les ...
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Le mot « personne » peut-il être masculin?

J'ai lu dans la Bible française: Que personne ne dise, lorsqu'il est tenté: C'est Dieu qui me tente; ... C'est une personne qui ne doit pas exister, toutefois, mais le mot comment a-t-il perdu ...
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How to say ‘it’ when ‘it’ has no defined gender?

How do you say it when it has no defined gender? For example in the phrase: Eat it! Is the French translation “mangez-la ! ” or “mangez-le ! ”, or neither? Also, aside from in “c'est” where ...
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Why “Je viens de l'acheter” even if we have just bought “un livre”?

I thought it should be “Je viens du acheter”. Is it because “acheter” has a vowel at the beginning?
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Why “vous pouvez LUI acheter une montre” when we are talking about a female person?

I thought it should be “vous pouvez elle acheter une montre”.
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Peut-on utiliser « ce » dans cette phrase ?

Dans les commentaires de cette réponse, nous avons parlé de la correction de cette phrase : La transformation qui a conduit le français à cette situation pourrait correspondre à ce qui est ...
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Given the lack of a gender-neutral pronoun in French, how should one refer to somebody of unknown gender?

Is there a specific rule on how you should refer to someone of unknown gender in French? For example, if you were writing a guide on how to do something and you wanted to indicate that the reader ...