Hi just confused between meu and minha, teu and tua, etc. Can someone please explain when to use each? I was thinking one of them was my and the other one mine, but then I feel like the usage is inconsistent with that..... Thanks so much!
Meu = my/mine when the thing possessed has masculine ("or neutral") grammatical gender: O meu carro. Este carro é meu. -- My car. This car is mine. --- Isto é meu. -- This is mine.
Minha = my/mine when the thing possessed has feminine grammatical gender: A minha bicicleta. Esta bicicleta é minha. -- My bicycle. This bicycle is mine.
Think of possessives as adjectives. Adjectives must agree in gender and number with the noun they modify.
but like for plural, it was just be meus and minhas so that's easy to rememeber :) obrigada!
ohhhhhhhh so they put the the article, possessive and noun, and by gender... thanks so so much!
it's related to masculine or feminine words... for masculine use meu(s), teu(s), seu(s), nosso, dele(s); for feminine words use minha(s), tua(s), sua(s), nossa(s), dela(s). example: MINHA CASA, A CASA DELA, MEU BRINQUEDO,...
the only one that's confusing here is dela - I'm still trying to figure that one out - it makes sense with my spanish knowledge like "la casa de ella" turns into "a casa dela" but it's such a mix between spanish and english rules! mind blown haha :) obrigada
That's right. "Dela" (de + ela) literally means "of she" (but "she" may not refer to a person at all; it can be a thing, concrete or abstract, of feminine grammatical gender).
Cool, yeah actually it was the real translation segment of duolino that helped me figure that out and then no and na same deal - that's kinda cool how they make random contractions like that
It's not random. "De" usually contracts (orally) with the following word if this starts with a vowel, e.g. copo d'água -- glass of water. What is your mother tongue?
English - I've studied Spanish for like 10 years though and this is my 2nd year living abroad so I'm fluent in that too - helps a lot with Portuguese! What about you?
I am Portuguese.
Portuguese and English -- two different worlds in a brain, don't you think? :)
haha for sure! I want to become a polyglot - so then I will have at least 4 languages [and worlds] to mangage! lol It's really interesting and fun though :)
If Duolingo had all languages on Earth, I would choose to learn Japanese. Since it has not, I chose the one I know less form the list: German. I am more active here in the Portuguese section, though.