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 understand how this works.

Should the pronouns correspond to the gender of the words nom and prénon (and, hence the right answer is Son) or should they correspond to the gender of the subject (and hence the right answer is sa)?

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    The possessive adjective agrees with the gender of the noun, not with the gender of the possessor. See this web page for a detailed lesson on how possessive adjectives work in French. – None May 27 '14 at 15:27

It's easy see the word after the possessive adjective or blank in your case and if it's feminine singular then sa for masculine singular son and for plural it's ses.

  • I meant sa for feminine singular and see the word after blank in your case – Mohd Saad Mar 10 at 8:00
  • Thanks. This clearly answers my questions. – Aditya Mar 10 at 16:27
  • You could improve your answer a bit by editing in what you wrote in the comment. – Tsundoku Mar 10 at 21:05

The right answer is indeed "son" because we say "un nom" and "un prénom" no matter if they are used to speak about a male or a female. Sa (fem.) son (masc.) and ses (plu.) are called in french "Adjectif possesifs".

If in english we say :

"She walks her dog"

in french we will say :

"Elle promène son chien"

if the dog (chien) is a male or

"Elle promène sa chienne"

if the dog is a female.

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