Possessives in Spanish

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Possessives

SINGULARPLURAL
Yo (el) mío/ (la) mía(los) míos/ (las) mías
(el) tuyo/ (la) tuya(los) tuyos/ (las) tuyas
Él/Ella/Usted(el) suyo/ (la) suya(los) suyos/ (las) suyas
Nosotros/as(el) nuestro/ (la) nuestra(los) nuestros/ (las) nuestras
Vosotros/as(el) vuestro/ (la) vuestra(los) vuestros/ (las) vuestras
Ellos/Ellas(el) suyo/ (la) suya(los) suyos/ (las) suyas
  • After a noun or the verb ser (to be), they are used to express possession, or to identify one element among a group:

Leí un libro suyo.

I read one of his books. 

Unas amigas mías vienen a cenar.

Some friends of mine are coming for dinner. 

Este hotel es nuestro.

This hotel is ours.

—¿De quién es este abrigo? —Es mío.

-Whose coat is this? -it’s mine

Notes:

  • With the verb ser (to be) we may use the possessive pronoun without the article. You may also use the article if you want to be more specific.

—Mis padres viven en Lima. —Los míos viven en Caracas.

-My parents live in Lima. -Mine live in Caracas. 

No encuentro mi teléfono, ¿me prestas el tuyo?

I can’t find my phone, can you lend me yours?

  • Lo + possessive pronoun (lo mío, lo tuyo, lo suyo…) expresses a more abstract thought, usually a “thing” or a “what” that is being referenced.

Lo mío es la danza.

My thing is classical dance.

Lo nuestro se ha terminado.

Our thing is over / It's over between us.


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