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I'm confused! Is "Sus libros" his books, your books or their books?

It's not very clear in the discussion.

2 years ago

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All of them including her books. You know which one it is talking about based on the context.

Él no tiene sus libros. (He does not have his books.)
Ella no tiene sus libros. (She does not have her books.)
Usted no tiene sus libros. (You [singular formal] do not have your books.)
Ellos/Ellas no tienen sus libros. (They do not have their books.)
Ustedes no tienen sus libros. (You [plural] do not have your books.)

2 years ago

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all three are correct. you have to decide which makes sense based on the context.

2 years ago

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The simple answer: Yes, to "your" (plural) and "their". It all depends on context. Su and Sus are typically third person pronouns, but it is also used with Usted and Ustedes, a second person "you" pronoun which is used formally in place of tu and vosotros. Also, in most Latin American Spanish, Ustedes (along with Sus) are almost exclusively used for second person plural, whereas vosotros is more common in continental Spanish. Makes things a bit easier, it's one less conjugation to learn. :)

2 years ago

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Okay. Now I'm assuming that "suyo" & "tuyo" are used at the end of a sentence. Is that correct?

2 years ago

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Suyo and tuyo are basically the possessive pronouns that go by themselves, they don't have a noun after it. They aren't necessarily used only at the end of a sentence.

Suyo: his/hers/yours (formal or plural)/theirs

Es suyo. (It is his/hers/yours/theirs.)
Suyo es el mejor. (His/hers/yours/theirs is the best.)

Tuyo: yours (informal)

No es tuyo. (It is not yours.)
Tuyo es el peor. (Yours is the worst.)

Just remember that tuyo is only for yours in the informal sense, and suyo is only for yours in the formal or plural sense (or both). Think of it as, tuyo is matched with and suyo is matched with usted/ustedes. But suyo also matches with él, ella, ellos, and ellas. You also need to change tuyo and suyo into feminine (tuya and suya) if the object you are referring to is a feminine noun. Hope that helped! :)

2 years ago

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They can also be used after a noun. "un amigo suyo" is like saying "a friend of yours" rather than "your friend" which would be "su amigo" These are still possessive pronouns in English, but now for Spanish they are called long form possessive adjectives. http://spanish.about.com/od/adjectives/a/long_form_possessive_adjectives.htm

2 years ago

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Yes it depends on the context and what comes before it :)

2 years ago