wrong explanation of nôtre

http://www.memrise.com/item/41952/notre-our/

I posted a comment in the Discussion tab. But I'm not sure if that's the preferred way to report such mistakes. So I copy&paste it here.

Nôtre is a possessive pronoun, so it should be "ours" in English, not "our". "Notre" is the one meaning "our".

Posted by memrise_ 10/26/11, last update 12/25/11 (2 years ago)
  • Thanks for pointing out this issue! I'm going to just paste in a good summary of this distinction from the Wordreference forum (http://forum.wordreference.com....'You don't use the accent if the noun that "notre" qualifies appears after "notre." So in the case of "Notre-Dame-de-Paris," the noun is "Dame" and it appears in the sentence, so you would omit the accent.Notre tableNotre chatNotre préférenceNotre dameYou use the accent when the noun is replaced by a pronoun. Example: "C'est la nôtre" (That one is ours). In this case "la" replaces the noun. So you need the accent.The pronunciation is different between "notre" and "nôtre." The "ô" is lengthened and sounds like "no" in English. Without the "o" it would sound more like the "u" in "nut".'

    Posted by paul 12/25/11 (2 years ago)
  • Thanks for pointing out this issue! I'm going to just paste in a good summary of this distinction from the Wordreference forum (http://forum.wordreference.com....'You don't use the accent if the noun that "notre" qualifies appears after "notre." So in the case of "Notre-Dame-de-Paris," the noun is "Dame" and it appears in the sentence, so you would omit the accent.Notre tableNotre chatNotre préférenceNotre dameYou use the accent when the noun is replaced by a pronoun. Example: "C'est la nôtre" (That one is ours). In this case "la" replaces the noun. So you need the accent.The pronunciation is different between "notre" and "nôtre." The "ô" is lengthened and sounds like "no" in English. Without the "o" it would sound more like the "u" in "nut".'

    Posted by paul 12/25/11 (2 years ago)

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