tua teus teu seus suas
There seems to be 5 words for your, I can't figure out how I'm supposed to be using them.
Based on my understanding, there are two forms of referring to "you" One is with the word "você" and the other is with "tu" Tua is the singular form of "your" from the "tu" form combined with a feminine noun like "Your life" Is "Tua vida" (A vida) Teu is the singular form of "your" combined with a masculine noun, like "Teu livro" (your book) (O livro) Teus is used with the plural form of a masculine noun, like "Teus chocolates" (your chocolates) (Os chocolates) Likewise Tuas is to be used with the plural form of a feminine noun "Tuas camisas" (Your shirts) (As camisas)
Seus is like Teus where its used under the same condition, The same goes for Suas. Whether or not you use the "tu" form or the "você" form might be a matter of preference, I think places like Rio de Janeiro prefer to use the "você" form while further to the South of Brazil prefer "tu" but don't quote me on that. :P I hope that helped
Yeah, thats right. And if u use TU, you have to use teu/tua, teus/tuas. And seu/sua seus/suas for you, as a matter of rule.you have to use the possessive according to the right person (what sometimes dont occur on daily conversation). Seu/sua seus/suas is also used for HE and SHE, so sometimes it makes us a little confused. (If its being referred to the 2nd or 3rd person). Dele/dela are also used for HE and SHE (carro dele, carros deles, casa dela, casas delas) and deles/delas for THEY as well as seus/suas..... (dele, dela, deles, delas always come after the noun) a bit compicated :)
Hey Pauloenrique , I've been reading many of your explanation and I gotta confess that you are really great! I'm a portuguese native speaker as well, so I know how tough our grammar language is. Congrats, man. Keep it up!
Hey man. Thx a million, but i know i'm not so gud. I just think it's necessary to help others. I've noticed many people didn't get their questions answered so i decided to take some time in order to try to help them. I'm not even a portuguese teacher, but I try anyway. But thx again for the acknowledgement!!!! I didnt expect to. Hope you continue learning. I saw you've been practicing your english/portuguese, but if you start a new one we can exchange ideas, as well as port/eng. Good studies. Best wishes.
So based on the last couple of comments these words are not only used for "yours" but also "his and hers"?
i'm totally confused about all this
teu / tua is accorded in number and gender to the noun that follows
seu / sua (você) is accorded in number and number to the noun that follows
seu / sua (he/she) is accorded in gender to the subject and in number to the noun that follows
is that right ?
All of it accord in number and gender to the noun that follows. Teu/seu carro = your car, tua/sua roupa = your clothes, seu carro = his/her car, sua roupa = his/her clothes. Only dele/deles, dela/delas accord to the person you are talking about. His car = o carro dele, her car = o carro dela, their car = o carro deles/delas, his clothes = a roupa dele, her clothes = a roupa dela, their clothes = a roupa deles/delas.