Recognizing Spanish Possessive Pronouns - dummies

Recognizing Spanish Possessive Pronouns

By Gail Stein

Dropping possessive pronouns into your Spanish sentences is a quick and easy way to stake a claim on something. Spanish possessive pronouns, which take the place of nouns, come in four forms: masculine singular, masculine plural, feminine singular, and feminine plural. The following table delves into the details.

Possessive Pronouns
English word Masculine singular Masculine plural Feminine singular Feminine plural
Mine Mío míos mía mías
yours (fam. sing.) Tuyo tuyos tuya tuyas
his, hers, its, yours Suyo suyos suya suyas
Ours Nuestro nuestros nuestra nuestras
yours (fam. pl.) Vuestro vuestros vuestra vuestras
Theirs Suyo suyos suya suyas

To form a possessive pronoun, select the definite article corresponding in number and gender to the noun being possessed. Then add the corresponding possessive pronoun. Here are some examples:

  • Tu hermana y la mía son pelirrojas. (Your sister and mine are redheads.)

  • A tu hermano le encanta la ópera; al mío también. (Your brother likes the opera; mine, too.)

  • El coche de tu primo es viejo; el del mío es nuevo. (Your cousin’s car is old; my cousin’s is new.)

After the verb ser (sehr) (to be), you generally omit the definite article. For example, Este asiento es mío, no es suyo. (This seat is mine, not yours.)