what's the difference between minha and meus?
Minha, meu = my. Minha for feminine words (minha casa), meu for masculine words (meu carro). Minhas and meus are the plural forms, minhas casas, meus carros.
Wait, so the gender of minha/meu is not dependent on the speaker, but upon the word possessed??
So glad I checked this help text, if this is the case....
yes, you're right...
i get it now, thanks!
what does "as" bring to the word - why can't it be "a mulher lê minhas palavras'
It's optional. Here in Brazil, we can say both sentences, with and without "as". Everyone will understand. Duoling is accepting that version (without "as") now. (04/11/2018)
Minhas. V'got that wrong 3 times now.
Would 'A mulher lê as palavras minhas' be correct, or is that just weird?
A bit weird, not wrong though.
Agree with Paulo Henrique. A bit weird (at least here in Brazil), but not wrong at all.
Duo refers to people's words a lot. Is that a natural thing to say in Portuguese? "I read your words" is not wrong in English, but it sounds real weird.
i imagine it's because they introduce new vocab slowly - there are examples saying "the bee reads words" - not really a real world sentence wouldn't you say!! its just practise!
Not wrong in portuguese, but not usual to be natural. But it's ok.
Is the article as necessary?
no, it´s opitional when you have possessive adjectives.
Thank you. I'm glad that's optional. The translation "the my" is very wrong to an English speaking ear and difficult to understand.
what is the different between minhas and meus ? help me
My + singular masculine = meu + ....
My + plural masculine = meus + ....
My + singular feminine = minha + ....
My + plural feminine = minhas + ....
How do you know which form of " read" to use?
Ela lê as palavaras minhas. why is this wrong?
I think it should be accepted also.
Palavras minhas sounds better .. is it wrong ?
Is there any difference in meaning or context or emphasis when you say "A mulher lê as minhas palavras" as opposed to "A mulher lê minhas palavras." Is it just a matter of properness or formalness?
No, the meaning is just the same and can be used in any context.