Tutor profile: Camille G.
Introduction to French possessive adjectives and agreements (gender/number)
In French, possessive adjectives take their gender and number from the word (noun) they qualify. For instance, as "chien" (dog) is masculine, "my dog" in French is "mon chien". It does not matter if the dog's owner is a woman or a man, here we focus on the gender of the word "dog". With a feminine word, such as "maison" (house), "my house" is "ma maison" (regardless of the gender of the person who owns the house). With plural words, we have only one word for both feminine and masculine words: "mes". For instance, we will say "mes chiens" or "mes maisons".
Subject: European History
What is the Treaty of Versailles?
The treaty signed in Versailles on June 28, 1919 between Germany and the Allies (France, Great Britain, Italy, Russia, etc) marks the end of World War I, seven months after the signature of the Armistice which stopped the fighting. The treaty forced Germany to disarm, concede large territorial areas and pay heavy economic and financial sanctions. It also sets forth the League of Nations, the first intergovernmental organization with the purpose of ensuring peace in the world, renamed United Nations 26 years later.
Subject: Art History
Why did the French manufacture of porcelain move from Vincennes to Sèvres?
The manufacture of porcelain was first located in Vincennes and was officially founded in 1745 under the protection of two of Louis XV's ministers. But as the manufacture grew, it became obvious that the location in the south-east of Paris was not convenient, far from Versailles, and the factory, which now had 200 workers, needed more space. It moved to a new factory in 1756 near the city of Sèvres, conveniently located between Paris and Versailles. It is said that Madame de Pompadour, the king's mistress, had a strong influence in the decision to move the manufacture to Sèvres, as her favorite residence was situated on a hill overlooking Sèvres. Louis XV became the owner of the manufacture in 1759 and both him and his mistress became avid collectors and proponents of the French porcelain.
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