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"El perro de ellos es negro."

Translation:Their dog is black.

January 11, 2013



Can we also say this sentence as, "su (their) perro es negro?" Would this be acceptable? If I remember correctly, "su" can mean "your, his, her, their."


Yes, "su perro es negro" would work as well.


Why dont they say "Ellos perro es negro" It make more sense to me "Their dog is black", instead of "El perro de ellos es negro" which sounds like "The dog of theirs is black." Is that wrong?


Ellos does not mean "their"; it means either they or them.


Apply the rules of the language that you are learning. What youre saying is "They dog is black" which isn't grammstically correct and mskes you sound silly lol

Ita alright, this is usually how you form sentences where the subject belongs to someone: "The dog that belongs to them is black" or simply "Their dog is black". Tenses in speech can change between the languages depending on what sounds more natural in that language.


Its not wrong I did it


It's not wrong in english that way either.


Although "Ellos perro es negro" is correct also, the odd way of saying it in this lesson is to teach you the prepositions and how they can be used.


I am not a English-based speaker but I think "the dog of theirs" and "the dog of them" are the same. Am I right?


I am not a native speaker, too, but "the dog of them" looks strange to me. I'd say "their dog" or "the dog of theirs".


Hi, another native English speaker here (UK this time!). Jack_Mehoff's right 'dog of theirs' and 'dog of them' sounds ridiculous so I'd recommend 'their dog' - much better English. In answer to the original question though 'dog of theirs' is grammatically correct even if it is rarely used but it's different to 'dog of them' which is just wrong.


RE: Their dog, dog of theirs and dog of them

Hola Dan. American native English speaker here. I use the construction that consist of third party possessive followed by a noun (e.g. "their dog") about as often as I use the construction, noun followed by the prepostion "of" and then the third party possessive (e.g. "dog of theirs).

I might say about one neighbor's dog, "their dog is a pretty cool mix breed." And in the same conversation, I might say about another neighbor's animal, "that dog of theirs is a mangy mess since they stop taking it to the groomer.")

However, the construction, noun followed by the prepostion "of" follwed by the pronoun for the third person direct object doesn't since to work in so far as showing possession. Try as I might, "dog of them" doesn't seem to work.


The only time theirs comes right after dog is in "the dog is theirs. You would never say "the dog of them" or anything near that with them after dog in that contex


I think you are right. I answer "the dog of them" too and everytime they said it's wrong


what does de even means ?


What is the rule for understanding a sentence like this? The literal comes when reading & its hard to remember when speaking.


How and why is 'de' used in this sentence? Could somebody explain?


This is ridiculous..The dog of theirs..why not say it straight as their dog is black


Why cant it be "ellos perro es negro"?

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