Spanish language Adjetivos posesivos ~ Spanish Possessive Adjectives - Long / Stressed Forms

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 in this lesson) and short/unstressed forms.

The long or stressed form of Spanish possessive article are the following:

Masculine Feminine
mine mío(s) mía(s)
yours (tú) tuyo(s) tuya(s)
suyo(s) suya(s)
ours nuestro(s) nuestra(s)
yours (vosotros) vuestro(s) vuestra(s)
suyo(s) suya(s)

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

  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 adjective rather than the noun.
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.

Spanish Possession     Spanish Adjectives

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