"El mono es suyo."
Translation:The monkey is yours.
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So in Spanish, 'suyo' can interchangeably be 'yours' and 'his/hers/theirs'? That seems like it would be rather confusing, how would you say "That monkey isn't yours, it's his"? "El mono no es suyo, el mono es suyo" would mean that technically, but it would also mean "That monkey isn't his, it's yours", right?
Yup. Suyo can be his/hers (3rd person) but also yours (2nd person, informal). The example you gave could be confusing, but I guess it shows that context isn't always translatable...
You say that suyo can be yours (2nd person, informal) but I thought tuyo was informal and suyo was formal?
The above statement you gave would be confusing unless you were pointing at the people involved. If you were to say it to us Duolingo participants, we wouldn't know to whom the statement refers to. Thus, in that case, I'd say something like "El mono es el mono de Él" to mean "the monkey is the monkey of his" instead.
Spanish natives/speakers please correct me if I'm wrong.
The context in which a sentence is said usually gives away if the word is meant to mean his, yours, hers.
So "the monkey is his" would also be "el mono es suyo"? How the heck do you distinguish?
Intonation. If you were angrily trying to take the monkey from the person the sentence was directed at or pointing staunchly at the man they took the monkey from, I think they would know what you were trying to say. If you said ¿El mono es suyo?, they would know you were asking if it was theirs.
Fine, you can keep the monkey, but only as long as you force-feed it leche and manzanas on a daily basis.
I love the fact mono is monkey, AND pretty. Just a single misplaced word and that could get interesting very fast...
So, Suyo is interchangeable with su and Tuyo is interchangeable with tu? Also, would the plural for Suyo and Tuyo be: Suyos and Tuyos?
Not exactly. Su/suyo both mean his/hers/theirs but suyo is long form, i.e. it would come after the noun - for example, su mono = his monkey AND el mono es suyo = the monkey is his. The same for tu/tuyo - e.g. tu mono = your monkey, el mono es tuyo = the monkey is yours. And yes, suyos and tuyos are plural (plural of the object in question not the person).
Exactly. Not quite interchangeable (think the difference between my/mine, your/yours, her/hers, and their/theirs), but basically right on the mark.
Why do you use suyo instead of su and if you were talking informally would you use tuyo or tu?
To add on to what mitaine56 said, the difference between 'su' and 'suyo' is the difference between "your" and "yours". You can't say "El mono es su." because you can't say "The monkey is your." in English. It would be "The monkey is yours."
because as you say, the sentence is wrong. su= adjective, possessive goes with a noun. (su perro)
suyo/a is the formal 'your', yours, his, hers , or its in the possessive adjective or possessive pronoun, where is tuyo/a is the informal 'your or yours' in the possessive adjective or possessive pronoun.
All right, all right. The elephant is mine, but the monkey is yours. ...Wanna trade?
Brand new at the discussions a month or so into the lessons. You have already probably answered this, but could this have been tuyo as well as suyo ?
I assume If they own one monkey it is "suyo" and If they own two monekys it is "suyos".
I think Suyos would be used with two or more monkeys. For example: Los monos son suyos.
it says im wrong but im right and it took a point yet i said el mono es suyo and thats right...omfg
If there is more than one correct answer and you don't select all the correct answers, you will lose a point
also can someone suggest a site where this shown clearly so i can print it off for reference.
This looks quite promising: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/posspro.htm But if I'm not mistaken, the difference between possessive adjective and possessive pronoun wasn't explicitly dealt with in our duolingo unit, was it? I only recall sentences like "Es mi perro" vs. "El perro es mío".
I don't understand why it can be hers. It ends in an o which means it is masculine so how can it be hers which is talking about a girl?
Would someone please be enough kind to provide a full list of possessive pronouns?
Here's a list of the possessive pronouns:
- my = mi(s)
- your (singular informal) = tu(s)
- your (singular formal) = su(s)
- your (plural informal/formal) = su(s)
- his/her/its = su(s)
- our = nuestro(s)/nuestra(s) (masculine/feminine)
their = su(s)
mine - mío(s)/mía(s) (masculine/feminine)
- yours (singular informal) = tuyo(s)/tuya(s)
- yours (singular formal) = suyo(s)/suya(s)
- yours (plural informal/formal) = suyo(s)/suya(s)
- his/hers/its = suyo(s)/suya(s)
- ours = nuestro(s)/nuestra(s)
- theirs = suyo(s)/suya(s)
As you can see, su/suyo is used quite a lot!
Yep! The words for "ours" are nuestro, nuestros, nuestra, and nuestras - it's the same as the word for "our." If the word is masculine, it'll be "nuestro" or "nuestros," but if it's feminine it'll be "nuestra" or "nuestras". What determines if there's the s or not is if it's plural or singular. If it's singular, it won't get the s. If it's plural, it will get the s. :)
^Haha.. Not there yet! :P Though seems like a 'No problem/You're welcome' by the look of it. :-)