I am loving your helpful comments. Just a tip, as a language teacher (1st language English, 2nd Spanish...a bit of German, and now starting Portuguese) .... we'd explain it as this:
If there's a noun it's a possessive adjective...so the possessive word describes whatever noun is there.
If there's no noun it's a possessive pronoun (takes the place of the noun it refers to, of course)
It looks to me like the possessive adjective doesn't require the definite article , but the possessive pronoun does ...yes?
Spanish is somewhere in the middle, but closer to Portuguese, I think. :)
Completely confused, as I am not using app as a suppliment, therefore, am wholly reliant on app for grammar and pronuciation (both are difficult to understand as I progress).
Further, I am not a language student, so, to compound my difficulty, I now have to decipher and contextualise grammatical terms (possessive article with noun; not a possessive article, then pronoun is used).
In this instance, the given sentence has two pronouns(?) ('her' and 'my/mine'), but the translation uses only one. While I could have made the translation, my understanding of the sentence construction would remain unclear.
Someone please help with this issue, while suggesting strategies that a self-learner can use to improve grammar and language-learning in general. Thanks.
I suggest that you start with Google. (No idea how old this post is, so you might be way past the level you are on here :)
Check out basic grammar sites; there are many good ones, so look until you find one whose setup appeals to you.
I would make a list of useful verbs; find a site which lists them already conjugated, focusing on memorizing the simple present indicative, simple past indicative, and the past perfect indicative. Oh--don't forget to make a list of irregular verbs. That'll save you from a lot of confusion and maybe some embarassment ;p ! Start there and see where you want/need to go from there.
Music is another great way to learn a language. Write down as best you can the lyrics of a song you like (don't google, then copy+paste, as you won't learn as much). That helps with getting pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, etc. ...and you won't be bored =D Good luck :)