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"El sartén es suyo."

January 18, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KozmicFrog

Why can't i translate this to "it is your pan"; It sound much better to me than "You own the pan"...

January 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YvettF

I think it's because it's a more accurate translation, since the subject of the sentence is "the pan".

January 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mordin

How do we know which word to translate suyo to? It can mean several things: yours, his, hers, theirs.

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fabbasi

Mordin's question wasn't fully answered. Can someone break it down using more than one example for comparison? Can suyo be used for his/hers/theirs too, or do we just say "de el / de ella / de ellos". Also, when we do we use tuyo vs suyo?

May 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jaspermutsaerts

tuyo (from the possesive pronoun 'tu') is used when the owner would be addressed in second person non-formal singular (tú)

suyo (from the possesive pronoun 'su') is used when the owner would be addressed in third person or in second person formal (both singular or plural).

There is one exception to this rule. 'ustedes' would be called formal in Spain and would comply to the rule, whereas in Latin America it is just used for any second person plural, so there you could call it an exception.*

Recap:

tuyo - the owner would be addressed as tú

suyo - the owner would be addressed as 'él', 'ella', 'ellos', 'ellas' (these are 3rd person) 'usted', 'ustedes' (these are 2nd person formal*)

Why 'it is your pan' would not be accepted: I guess because this exercise is focused to understand the differences between su/suyo and tu/tuyo (your/yours)

May 15, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elsam787

thx man that helps

May 22, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Uberche

Generally you know by the context of the situation. As well suyo is masculine or general, suya is feminine.

February 18, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RAMOSRAUL

Sartén is feminine. Therefore it is "La sartén" and thus "La sartén es suya"

(Esta) es tu sartén = (this) is your pan

January 23, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/spanish11235

Wordreference has it listed as "sartén nmf". I guess it can be either

January 28, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/robot12

I said "The pan is yours" and got it correct. My question what is the difference between tuyo and suyo?

May 31, 2013
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