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If oreille is feminine why is it mon oreille?


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about 4 years ago
I have a question regarding grammatical gender in French. There is a noun oreille and it is a feminine noun (une oreille). I wanted to use it in the sentence and Google translate shows mon oreille (my ear) instead of ma oreille. Why?
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almost 4 years ago

Hi, we use "mon" to avoid having two vowels in a row, it is called a hiatus and that is something we avoid as much as possible in French (in other languages as well such as Spanish for example). By having "mon" instead of "ma", we then use the liaison to link the words --> mon /n/oreille and thanks to it, we conserve the basic French structure of a consonnant and a vowel --> CV CV CV CV Was it clear enough ?

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