Possessive pronouns
A review of how to express
possession
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In Spanish 1 you learned about the
possessive adjectives.
My
Your
His
Her
Your
(its)
Mi, Mis
Nuestro, Nuestra,
Nuestros, Nuestras
Our
Tu, Tus
Vuestro, Vuestra,
Vuestros, Vuestras
Your
Su, Sus
Their
Your
Su, Sus
The owner indicated which box, the object indicated
which form.
Possessive adjectives agree in
NUMBER (and gender in the
case of “nuestro” and
“vuestro”) with the OBJECT
they modify.
Then, in Spanish 2, you learned about
the possessive adjectives in long form.
Mine
Mío, Mía
Míos, Mías
Nuestro, Nuestra,
Nuestros, Nuestras
Ours
Yours
Tuyo, Tuya
Tuyos, Tuyas
Vuestro, Vuestra,
Vuestros, Vuestras
Yours
His
Hers
Yours
Suyo, Suya
Suyos, Suyas
Suyo, Suya
Suyos, Suyas
Theirs
Yours
The owner indicated which box, the object indicated
which form.
Possessive adjectives in long
form ALL agree in NUMBER
and GENDER with the
OBJECT they modify.
In short form, the possessive
adjective precedes the OBJECT it
modifies.
In long form, the DEFINITE
ARTICLE is stated, then the
object and finally the possessive.
When you omit the use of the
noun, the possessive adjective
BECOMES the noun.
We call this a possessive
pronoun.
To form the possessive pronoun, use the
definite article (el, la, los, las) and the long
form of the possessive adjective.
Mine
El mío, La mía
Los míos, Las mías
El nuestro, La nuestra,
Los nuestros, Las nuestras
Ours
Yours
El tuyo, La tuya
Los tuyos, Las tuyas
El vuestro, La vuestra,
Los vuestros, Las vuestras
Yours
His
Hers
Yours
El suyo, La suya
Los suyos, Las suyas
El suyo, La suya
Los suyos, Las suyas
Theirs
Yours
Both the article and the possessive adjective
must agree in number and gender with the
noun they replace.
We often omit the article between the
verb SER and the possessive pronoun.
• Esas maletas son
suyas.
• El pincel es mío.
• Mi corazón es
tuyo.
• Those suitcases
are his.
• The brush is mine.
• My heart is yours.
Decide which possessive adjective (both short and
long forms) and possessive pronoun would be used
with each of the following items:
El calambre
(his)
Su calambre
El calambre suyo
El suyo
La vitamina
(their)
Su vitamina
La vitamina suya
La suya
La fiebre
(my)
Mi fiebre
La fiebre mía
La mía
El conflict
(your fam.)
Tu conflicto
El conflicto tuyo
El tuyo
Los secretos
(your polite)
Sus secretos
Los secretos
suyos
Los suyos
Decide which possessive adjective (both short and
long forms) and possessive pronoun would be used
with each of the following items:
Las diferencias
(her)
Sus diferencias
Las diferencias
suyas
Las suyas
El tema
(our)
Nuestro tema
El tema nuestro
El nuestro
Las reseñas
(your polite)
Sus reseñas
Las reseñas
suyas
Las suyas
Los aretes
(our)
Nuestros aretes
Los aretes
nuestros
Los nuestros
Las camisetas
(my)
Mis camisetas
Las camisetas
mías
Las mías
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Possessive pronouns