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Su gato come? His, her, your... confused

Okay I'm thoroughly confused on my possessives lesson.

I got the sentence "Su gato come" I get that the cat eats but how can you tell if it's her cat, his cat, or your cat?

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Inspired1982

According to my understanding, su can refer to your, his, and her.

However, in the informal or more used dialect, people may use "tu" to refer to "your" instead of "su".

So to refer to your cat, you can say su gato, or tu gato, both are right, but when I can speak Spanish : ) I will be going mostly with the "tu" to refer to your. As it is less formal and commonly used.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AlivyaDeshun

COOL, didn't realize it

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Inspired1982

Thanks :-) glad I could help

4 years ago

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One word, context.

4 years ago

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Just for fun, I asked Google and it said "eat your cat" HAHA

4 years ago

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Oh ok, I just thought I would make sure. In the lesson it only gave me "su gato come" so I really didn't have any context to go off of. I chose to say "your cat eats" and it said that it was correct but it might have also marked it as correct if I had put he or she, I don't know.

4 years ago

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Yes, it is supposed to accept every possible answer in the absence of context.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

Incidentally, if you do need clarification when you write sentences, you would use 'de' for example: El gato de Sieden come, although for long subjects you would invert them: Come el gato de Sieden = Sieden's cat eats.

4 years ago

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oh man, inverting the sentence is really going to play a number on my poor brain. I would understand it if I read it but I don't think that I could put it together on my own just yet.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

The (possibly) good thing is that with certain things, we have options such as: Lo estoy haciendo Estoy haciƩndolo Which both mean "I am doing it"

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Sieden

Well that's good to know at least.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

Spanish is comaratively easy. The word order will come. It is a great language.

4 years ago

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now only if you could help me to understand the mis gatos beben question that I posted, all would be well with the world lol.

4 years ago