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Possessives Queston

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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!

December 11, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/Luis
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Moving this to the Portuguese section.

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/margaritaguese
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sorry I didn't really know where to post! thanks

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/satzwei
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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.

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/satzwei
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Think of possessives as adjectives. Adjectives must agree in gender and number with the noun they modify.

December 11, 2012

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but like for plural, it was just be meus and minhas so that's easy to rememeber :) obrigada!

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/satzwei
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De nada. :)

December 11, 2012

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ohhhhhhhh so they put the the article, possessive and noun, and by gender... thanks so so much!

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Paulenrique
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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,...

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/margaritaguese
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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

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/satzwei
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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).

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/margaritaguese
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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

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/satzwei
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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?

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/margaritaguese
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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?

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/satzwei
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I am Portuguese.

Portuguese and English -- two different worlds in a brain, don't you think? :)

December 11, 2012

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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 :)

December 11, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/satzwei
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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.

December 11, 2012
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