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Using Possessive Adjectives in Spanish

7In the English language a possessive adjective describes who or what owns or possesses something. It is the same for possessive adjectives Spanish language conventions. For those who currently study Spanish, this guide will help with teaching Spanish possessive adjectives and how they are used.

When creating Spanish sentences using possessive adjectives, some other Spanish language conventions need to be remembered. It needs to be taken into consideration that in the Spanish language, all adjectives are modified based on whether the nouns they plural or singular or masculine or feminine. The masculine and feminine rule is a little different for possessive adjectives than it is to normal adjectives in Spanish. The adjective only needs to be changed for feminine or masculine if the possessive adjective is modifying a noun.  There are different rules that apply for whether one is using Spanish possessive adjectives before or after and noun. Short form possessive adjectives are used before nouns and long form possessive adjectives are used after a noun.

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In the Spanish language, possessive adjectives are not used as much as they are in English. So one must be careful so as to not overuse these when using the Spanish language. Another difference between the use of possessive adjectives in the English and Spanish language is also that in English, we can use possessive adjectives to describe more than one noun. In the Spanish language, this can only be done if the different nouns are referring to the same people or things. An example of this would be that in English I could say “my cats and dogs” in Spanish this would be “misgatos y misperros”. The possessive adjective in this sentence is “mis” which means my and it needed to be used twice because the sentence was referring to two completely different nouns.

It can take a long time to study Spanish and learn Spanish conventions as there is a lot to remember especially when it comes to the different uses of adjectives. There are some tools that can be used to assist with learning Spanish. One great method is using flashcards, these could be used for all Spanish words. Creating or purchasing Spanish possessive adjective flashcards, may be of assistance with remembering which adjectives to use in which situations. These could be used with a partner who is also learning Spanish to create a Spanish possessive adjective test at home that can be done in conjunction with the other methods that are being employed to study Spanish.

Another great addition to existing methods used to learn Spanish to take a Spanish possessive adjectives quiz. A fellow student who is also learning Spanish could create one and you could create one as well, then you could exchange them and test your skills. There are also some great online tests and quizzes that you can use to test your skill. If you are not doing a course already and would like to study Spanish, there are some great online courses available.


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