Possessive Adjectives – Long Forms

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Spanish possessive adjectives
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Possessive adjectives indicate to whom or to what something belongs. In Spanish there are different forms of possessive adjectives depending on whether the noun is masculine or feminine, singular or plural. There are also two different sets of possessive adjectives: long/stressed forms (explained here) and short/unstressed forms.

Long forms of Spanish possessives

  SingularPlural
 mascfem mascfem
mine míomía míosmías
yours () tuyotuya tuyostuyas
his/hers/its
yours (Ud.)
 suyosuya suyossuyas
ours nuestronuestra nuestrosnuestras
yours (vosotros) vuestrovuestra vuestrosvuestras
theirs
yours (Uds.)
 suyosuya suyossuyas

 There are three important things to know about the long form of Spanish possessive adjectives:

  1. The possessive adjective must match the noun being modified in gender and number.
  2. The adjective follows the noun.
  3. This construction puts the stress on the owner rather than the thing owned.

Por ejemplo…

Es un amigo mío. He’s a friend of mine.
¿Dónde está el libro tuyo?Where is your book?
Las ideas nuestras son mejores.Our ideas are better.

 Note that Spanish possessive adjectives are identical to possessive pronouns, but their usage is different: possessive pronouns replace nouns, while possessive adjectives modify nouns.

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Possessive adjectives in Spanish