nuestras vs nuestros

Does the choice of these two words depend on whether or not the noun that follows is masculine or feminine or on whether "our" is referring to men or women? I'm not sure why it is incorrect to translate "They read our letters" to "Ellas leen nuestros cartas." The correct answer given used the word "nuestras."

December 29, 2011


The possessive words are like adjectives; their gender comes from the noun they describe. In your example, the noun being possessed is "cartas" (feminine), so the possessive must be feminine too, "nuestras".

December 31, 2011

this was the 420th post on duolingo. iconic.

April 21, 2019

This sometimes confuses me as well. Thank you for clearing this up

June 29, 2013

Thank you for this. I was wondering why "Nuestros caballos beben leche" was correct, and "Nuestras caballos beben leche." wasn't. The pronoun takes the gender of the noun it's describing. ^^

January 14, 2014

The gender and number will always reflect the thing or things possessed. All the possessive pronouns change to reflect the number of things possessed (i.e. tu/tus), but nuestro and vuestro also change to match the gender of the thing or things as well.

August 22, 2019

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