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"Your brother drinks water."

April 2, 2013



Why does inserting the definite article make the sentence incorrect? Il tuo fratello beve acqua.


Careful with family members, the rules are a bit different...

NO definite article (the) in front of possessive adjective (your, my, his) = singular family members

  • Mia madre cucina (my mother cooks)
  • Vostra zia è allo zoo (your aunt is at the zoo)
  • Suo fratello beve acqua (his brother drinks water)

Definite article + possessive adjective = plural family members or modified or with loro

  • Loro sono i miei fratelli (they are my brothers)
  • Mangiamo con le mie sorelle (we eat with my sisters)
  • Lei è la mia sorella più grande (she is my older sister)
  • La loro madre è alta (their mother is tall)


I made the same mistake. Thanks for the grammar point.

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