"Their monkey drinks milk."
Translation:O macaco deles bebe leite.
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Well, "o macaco" and "macaco" are not interchangeable. The form "macaco" (monkey) is simply a label and a specific instance is "o macaco" (the monkey). Because this sentence refers to a specific monkey (their monkey) you need the definite article "o" and should write "o macaco deles" (literally: the monkey of - meaning belonging to - them). (An alternative way to write "their monkey" using "seu" is discussed in earlier comments.)
The pron. possessive in Portuguese agrees with the person who possesses the thing, not with the name as in French. So, in this case, (o macaco delas bebe leite), could be deles depending on who gender we are talking about. besides, as you can see, DELAS is femmale form and plural, what was that? __our friend DUO put it to you to know that the pron does not agree with the noum, but with the person. I hope you can get it! _o/
"Seu" agrees with "macaco" = both are singular masculine
Seu macaco = Can mean "his monkey", "her monkey", "their monkey" or "your monkey).
Seus macacos = Can mean "his monkeys", "her monkeys" , "their monkeys" or "your monkeys"
To make it clear, you can say instead the following:
O macaco dele = His monkey
O macaco dela = Her monkey
O macaco deles = Their monkey (either all males or males+females)
O macaco delas = Their monkey (just females)
O macaco de você = Your monkey
Os macacos dele = His monkeys
Os macacos dela = Her monkeys
Os macacos deles/delas = Their monkeys
Os macacos de você = Your monkeys
I hope that what I told you is correct. I'm not a native Portuguese speaker. But I'm pretty sure that's correct.
Edit: Reference what Davu said and linked to
The "de você" versions are probably not good (although "de vocês" versions would be OK). See Danmoller's comment here: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1290485
Some other possibilities then:
(O) teu macaco = Your monkey
(Os) teus macacos = Your monkeys
(O) macaco de vocês = Your (plural) monkey
(Os) macacos de vocês = Your (plural) monkeys
With possesive pronouns (seu,tuas...etc which look like they form from (vo)se+(o)/u, tu+as..etc ), The number and gender depends on THE WORD it modifies.(so with this , i consider who the owner is and let the number and gender accord to the thing being owned.)
On the otherhand with contracted prepositional phrases (dela,delas...etc. Which look like they form from de+ela, de+elas...etc), the number and gender on THE OWNER ( so with this, I consider only the owner regardless of the thing being owned). Note: This is just how I see it. Please correct me if I am wrong. I have much to learn. Obrigado!
Mate-2xo, and ktkee-EnglishENG look at this:
''SEUS'' is your(plural), and ''DELES'' means their. the only difference is that in Portuguese we have genders for this pronoms too. (so MEU/MINHA TEU/TUA(SEU/SUA) DELE/DELA NOSSO/NOSSA VOSSO/VOSSA(SEUS/SUAS) DELES/DELAS)__
***''SEU/SUA(s)" is an informal way of say "TU/TUAS" wich means exacly the same as YOUR in English. ___ Hope u enjoy! :) (if Yes, pls give me lingots) thks!!
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It can be both. "Seu macaco / O seu macaco" works, but since "seu" is used for all pronouns conjugated in the 3rd person, people wouldn't know whether you're referring to "Você"/"Ele"/"Ela"/"Eles"/"Elas" as the possessor.
"O macaco dele(s)/dela(s)" is the alternative used to clarify the possessor. When you place these special pronouns, the definite article is always necessary (never just "macaco deles").