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Learn Spanish: Possessive Pronouns

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Possessive Pronouns in Spanish (pronombres posesivos)


Learn Spanish: Possessive Pronouns in Spanish

In this learn Spanish grammar lesson, we go over possessive pronouns in Spanish. Possessive Pronouns also describe possession -- they are the same as the long form of the Spanish possessive adjective that you learned in the previous lesson. But, Spanish possessive pronouns are always used with a definite article (el, la, los, las).

Possessive Pronoun Forms

Subject Pronoun Poss. Pronoun (singular) Poss. Pronoun (plural) English Translation
yo el mío, la mía los míos, las mías mine
el tuyo, la tuya los tuyos, las tuyas yours
él/ella/usted el suyo, la suya los suyos, las suyas his/hers/yours
nosotros el nuestro, la nuestra los nuestros, las nuestras ours
vosotros el vuestro, la vuestra los vuestros, las vuestras yours
ellos/ellas/ustedes el suyo, la suya los suyos, las suyas theirs/yours


Mi auto y el tuyo.
My car and yours.

Tu casa es más grande que la mía.
Your house is bigger than mine.

Nuestra ciudad no es tan peligrosa como la suya.
Our city isn't as dangerous as theirs.

Mi computadora no funciona bien. ¿Puedo usar la tuya?
My computer isn't working well. Can I use yours?


Basically, what you see is that we are avoiding not repeating the noun by replacing the possessive adjective + noun with the possessive pronoun. For example:

Tu casa es más grande que mi casa. (the possessive adj. + noun).
Tu casa es más grande que la mía. (the possessive pronoun).


Because él/ella/usted/ellos/ellas/ustedes all use the same poss. pronoun, when the context is not clear, you may have to clarify your message.

Use the definite article + de + the pronoun (él/ella/usted/ellos/ellas/ustedes) or the name of the person (for even further clarification).

--Tengo dos estudiantes, Marco y Marcia. Su madre está enferma.
I have two students, Marco and Marcia. His/Her mother is sick.

-- ¿La de él o la de ella?
His or hers?

-- La de ella.