Long-Form Possessives Remember possessive adjectives? mi tu su nuestro vuestro su They’re equivalent to my your his,her its our your their And they ALWAYS come BEFORE a noun. Now you’re going to learn another set of possessives, called long-form possessives: mío tuyo suyo nuestro vuestro suyo These CANNOT come before a noun. They come AFTER a noun, and when they do, they frequently emphasize possession: La casa mía es muy grande. = My house is very big. But more often than not, they are equivalent to the following: mine yours his, hers, its ours yours theirs Note that these are NOT the same as my your his, her, its our your their My house is big. This house is mine. *Mine house is big. *This house is my. *You can’t say these. Duh. So just like my/your/her and mine/yours/hers have different rules for usage, mi/tu/su and mío/tuyo/suyo have different rules for usage. mi tu su nuestro vuestro su (el) mío (el) tuyo (el) suyo (el) nuestro (el) vuestro (el) suyo 1. ALWAYS precedes a noun: Mi casa es grande. 2. follows a noun: La casa mía es grande. 3. can be a pronoun: a. This house is mine. - Esta casa es mía. b. She uses mine. - Usa la mía/el mío/las mías/los míos (depending on whether what’s “mine” is masc./fem./sing./pl.). You’ll notice that a doesn’t have an article before “mía” but b does. Here are the rules for using the article: 1. If the comes right after a noun, it doesn’t get an article right in front of it: La casa mía es grande. 2. If the comes right after “ser,” it doesn’t get an article in front of it: La casa es mía. 3. If the comes anywhere else, you have to have an article with it: La mía es grande. Tienes la mía. Vivimos en la mía. Click here to go to a brief practice. To sum up: Mi, tu, su, etc. ( a noun. ) can be used ONLY before Mío, tuyo, etc. ( ) is used everywhere else. is NOT preceded by an article if it’s preceded by a noun. is NOT preceded by an article if it’s preceded by “ser.” IS preceded by an article at all other times. Click here to go to your first homework. Click here to go to your second homework.