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7. Possessive Pronouns

In the previous chapter we learned how to use possessive adjectives. Possessive pronouns are similar to possessive adjectives, but they are used without the adjective e.g. mine, yours, hers… etc.




el mío/
la mía

los míos/
las mías


el tuyo/
la tuya

los tuyos/
las tuyas

yours (informal)

el suyo/
la suya

los suyos/
las suyas

his, her, their,
yours (formal)

el nuestro/
la nuestra

los nuestros/
las nuestras


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Now let’s look at some examples using the sentences from the previous lesson on possessive adjectives. Notice the way Spanish adds an article in front of the possessive pronoun. The possessive adjective agrees with the noun (that it replaces it) in number and gender.

Mi carro es nuevo – My car is new
El mío es nuevo – Mine is new

Tu gato es lindo – Your cat is cute (informal)
El tuyo es lindo – Yours is cute (informal)

Su maleta es grande – His/her/their/your suitcase is big
La suya es grande – His/hers, theirs/yours is big

Mis carros son nuevos – My cars are new
Los míos son nuevos – Mine are new

Tus gatos son lindos – Your cats are cute (informal)
Los tuyos son lindos – Yours are cute (informal)

Sus maletas son grandes – Your/his/her/their suitcases are big
Las suyas son grandes – Yours/his/hers/theirs are big

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Now let’s talk about how to say ‘ours’. It follows the same rule of agreeing not only with the number of the noun but also with the gender. Let’s look at some examples:

Nuestro hermano es alto – Our brother is tall
El nuestro es alto – Ours is tall

Nuestros hermanos son altos – Our brothers are tall
Los nuestros son altos – Ours are tall

Nuestra casa es hermosa – Our house is beautiful
La nuestra es hermosa – Ours is beautiful

Nuestras casas son hermosas – Our houses are beautiful
Las nuestras son hermosas – Ours are beautiful

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