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Possessive Adjectives and Pronouns

Yours, mine and ours.  That's what this lesson is all about.  Back in you early yeas of studying Spanish you learned "mi" and "tu" an maybe "su".  Then you learned "mis", "tus" "sus".  Perhaps you even learned "nuestro, nuestra, nuestros and nuestras".  Maybe not.  This will start at the beginning and will be review at first.  Review as needed and learn as you get to new material.

simple forms of possessives:

mis, mis
your (familiar, singular= tú)
tu, tus
his, her, your (formal, singular or plural = Ud., Uds.), their
su, sus
nuestro, nuestra, nuestros, nuestras
your (familiar, plural = vosotros)
vuestro, vuestra, vuestros, vuestras

As you can see, most of these have only two forms, and agree in number with the noun they are describing- not the owner!!!!

The words for our and your [vosotros] have four forms and must agree in number and gender with the noun they are describing- again- not the owner.
  So how do you know what is being said when someone uses "su" or "sus"?  It has so many meanings.  Hopefully the conversation will determine the meaning.  Ellos no trajeron sus libros hoy.  = They didn't bring their  books today.  In fact, instead of saying "su", quite often an expression using "de + the owner" is often used for clarification.  So, if you want to say "his book", you could say "su libro"; but that has many potential meanings, ¿no?  So, if you need to clarify, say " el libro de él".  (Note: " de + él" does not contract to del.)

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Remember that in Spanish there is no apostrophe, so if you want to state possession by saying, for example, "John's book", you would say "el libro de Juan".

The "Long Form" and Pronouns, and other related stuff

Besides being able to express possession using the basic adjectives you reviewed above, there is a "long form" of the possessive adjective, which can also be used as a pronoun- more about that in a momento.  Each of these as you will see has four forms, so they must agree in number and gender with the noun they are modifying, you guessed it- not the owner!

So, the expression "mi hermana" can also be expressed as "la hermana mía".  Likewise, "nuestros libros" can be expressed as "los libros nuestros".  There is really no change in meaning, but the long form is more poetic, isn't it?  Notice here that the possessive adjective comes after the noun.  This is unusual for limiting adjectives, ¿verdad?

Just para practicar...

Change these possessive expressions from the short to the long form.

Go see how you did.

The long form of the adjective is  also the pronoun, but you leave out the noun.  So "mine" is el mío, la mía, los míos or las mías.  And so on for all the others.  Let's look at how this might be used.  You get to class and you did your homework.  You ask your friend if she did hers.  Here is how the conversación goes: You can try some of these yourself, just follow the clues.  The possessor will be based on the verb form, and the pronoun will replace the noun mentioned in the first clause. See what you know.

Just a few other things...
Now that you have a chance to gather all this information, ¡Hay que practicarla!  Anda a la página de and do the activities for possessive pronouns.  Of course you should send me your test results!

el primo mío, la alegría suya, el amor nuestro, los vicios tuyos, las deudas suyas, los caballos míos, las ideas suyas, las pinturas nuestras, el programa suyo (did ou remember the "ma,pa,ta" rule?) la mano mía, la libertad tuya, el agua mía (did you get this one?  Do you understand it?  If not, ask your profesor.)

el tuyo, el mío, los nuestros, las tuyas, los suyos