Possessive determinersPossessive determiners are a type of adjective, the equivalent of such English words as "my" and "your." Like other adjectives, they need to match the noun they refer to in number and gender. Here are the possessive determiners of Spanish along with a sample sentence for each:
- Mi, mis (my, mine): Mi gato es muy peludo. My cat is very hairy.
- Tu, tus (your): ¡Tus hijas y yo te necesitamos! Your daughters and I need you!
- Su, sus (your, his, her, their): Su casa es su mayor inversión. Your (his, her, their) house is your (his, her, their) major investment.
- Nuestro, nuestra, nuestros, nuestras (our): ¿Hay limpieza étnica en nuestro país? Is there ethnic cleansing in our country?
- Vuestro, vuestra, vuestros, vuestras (your): Me interesaría saber más sobre vuestro perro. I would be interested to know more about your dog. (The forms of vuestro are seldom used in most of Latin America.)
Using deIf you are using a name or noun to refer to the person or entity that is in possession, the prepositional phrase of de followed by the noun is used, as in el libro de Juan, John's book. A few examples:
- Ver el perfil de Pablo. See Pablo's profile.
- Él no cree en el movimiento de mujeres. He doesn't believe in the women's movement.
- Es la madre de la estudiante. She is the student's mother.
Possessive pronouns and long-form adjectivesLesson common are the long form of possessive adjectives, which may be used as pronouns. These forms are as follows:
- mío, mía, míos, mías (my, mine)
- tuyo, tuya, tuyos, tuyas (your, yours)
- suyo, suya, suyos, suyas (my, mine)
- nuestro, nuestra, nuestros, nuestras (our, ours)
- vuestro, vuestra, vuestros, vuestras (your, yours; this plural familiar form is seldom used in Latin America)
Note that these forms are used far less commonly than the other forms listed above. Here are some examples of these words in use.
- El coche mío consume mucha gasolina. My car consumes much gasoline.
- La cama roja es mía. The red bed is mine.
- Las computadoras no son mías, son tuyas. The computers aren't mine, they're yours.