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When to use 'mi' and when to use 'mis'

Ok, I'm sorta confused... When do i use 'mis' and when do I use 'mi'?

Would i say: Mis gatos beben nuestra agua!

Or: Mi gatos beben nuestra agua!

(Those evil cats :P)

Pardon my terrible Spanish, I'm working on it... Isn't that why most of us are on this website anyway? My goal is to learn Spanish and to at least speak fluent Spanglish, so it's kinda upsetting I can't figure this out... :(

ANYWHO!!! Thank you in advance!

Ps: I have nothing against cats, I love them! But you have to admit; most cats are two-faced!

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/otsogutxi
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I used to learn Spanish, but even just by using my language skills, "mi" would be used for singular nouns e.g. "Mi gato" - My cat and "Mis" is used for plural nouns e.g. "Mis gatos" - My cats.

I hope this helps:)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GarenCrownguard

Oh, I see! Thanks!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LingotQueen

Mi is the singular form of my.

Mis is the plural form of my.

So if you have multiple things that are yours (My dogs) you would say mis perros. If it's only one thing you are talking about having (My dog) you would say mi perro.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanMinjares
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Exactly what Alec737 said. I would also point out that because you said "gatos" (plural) it would be beben. Also, it would be nuestra agua. Agua does have the masculine el but that's (i think) the only case where you would use the masculine. So in this case, our becomes feminine.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

I am not exactly sure what you meant to say, but several feminine words that begin with a stressed 'a' sound take 'el' as the article: a'guila, abra, alba, alza, alma, ancla, arma, haba, hacha, hambre, arpa -- and a few more

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlanMinjares
AlanMinjares
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Exactly...did I miss something?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GarenCrownguard

Hmm, looks like i got a lot to learn XD but i thought 'nuestro' is the masculine term which means that I'm a guy and if i change it to 'nuestra' that would mean i am a girl! Am i wrong?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTupaz
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There are 4 ways to say "Our." It doesn't matter if the speaker is a guy or a girl, what matters is if the noun after is masculine/feminine, singular or plural

nuestro hermano = our brother

nuestra hermana = our sister

nuestros hermanos = our brothers

nuestras hermanas = our sisters

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GarenCrownguard

So is it 'nuestro agua'

or 'nuestra agua'?

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AaronTupaz
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It would be "nuestra agua" because agua is feminine

The only reason we use el agua, is because la agua is harder to say. Agua is an exception

I suggest you go to http://www.spanishdict.com/ and play around with a bunch of simple sentences until you get the pattern

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GarenCrownguard

Thanks for your help! I will check that out!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10
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You use "mi" when object to which "mi" refers is singular, and "mis" when its plural. in that case the sentence would be "mis gatos beben nuestro agua", because "mi" refers to "gatos" and as "gatos" is in plural, "mi" also takes the plural form and turns into "mis". Hope I helped :) Good luck with learning!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/GarenCrownguard

Thank you so much!!!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Tamuna10
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You're welcome :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/NishantNathan01

lol. evil cats. :P. Anyways u would use mis if the word after it is plural. So, yes, u would say mis gatos. And u would say mi gato since the word after mi isn't plural. :)

3 years ago