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Hi Caro,

I am never quite certain how to handle personal pronouns in French, especially since I see so much variation in their use. For example, I just read the following sentence:

   Les gens détournaient le visage, regardaient leurs pieds.

Would it have been as acceptable to write it the following way:

   Les gens détournaient leurs visages, regardaient les pieds.

Are these sentences interchangeable?


Hi Mike,

Détourner le visage is a kind of expression. So you can say "les gens détournaient le visage" but also "les gens détournaient leur visage".

Regardaient les pieds, one would ask "which one?"
So you should say "leurs pieds".

I hope this helps



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