"La gata no es mía."
Translation:The cat is not mine.
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If the sentence said "el gato" instead, it would be "El gato no es mio". Right?
in simple, not the gender of the possesor but the gender of the pronoun of the possessor changes as of the gender of the object being possessed.
el gato is mio.
el gato(the cat) is object of possession.
mio is possessive pronoun.
whoever be the possessor of the object either male or female, the possessive pronoun changes according to the gender of the object being possessed.
for instance: i am male ,possessing a female cat.
in español it would be
la gata es mia.
for ,male cats being possessed by female person
los gatos son mios
if the last letter of a spanish word is either "o" or "a" depending on gender, couldn't this question that gives the option "mia" or "mio" be correct either way depending on what gender the person answering it is?
Not the gender of the person, but rather the gender of the thing possessed (which makes sense because it is a pronoun). So, if the object is masculine, the pronoun changes accordingly. This also happens if it is a plural object - pronoun becomes plural: Los lápices no son míos
Las gata es mia = a female cat
Los gato es mio = male cat
Is that right?
Also, what if the thing being possessed doesn't have a gender, such as an object?
You have to learn the grammatical gender for every noun.
its wrong because thats not what was being translated. "its' and "the" are two differenet words.
It is a female cat (hence the word
If the cat were male, it would have been
The (male) cat is not mine - El gato no es mío
The (female) cat is not mine - La gata no es mía
It goes before the verb.
I do not want to sing - No quiero cantar
My dog is not red - Mi perro no es rojo
She does not eat the apple that is on the table - Ella no come la manzana que está en la mesa
Of course, although it is a rule, there is an exception. After things like "I don't like", it goes before "me" and "te".
I do not like red doors - No me gustan las puertas rojas
You do not like insects - No te gustan los insectos
Hope that helps.