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"The onion is mine."

Translation:La cebolla es mía.

December 30, 2012

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Is it still mía if I am not a girl?


'mía/o' refers to the gender of the object, not the owner.


That's just how the language works. If the object is feminine, like cebolla (onion), semana (week), bandera (flag), etc. you'd use 'mía.' For example, "La cebolla es mía." However, if the object is masculine, like Plato (plate), cerebro (brain), perro (dog, etc. You'd use "mío." For example, "El perro es mío."

Learning the genders of objects can be tricky, but there's a generality that words that end in "a" are feminine and words that end in "o" are masculine. This is not always the case, which is why it's a generality and not a law. Also, words that end in 'tion' in english change to 'ción' in spanish. For example, admiration changes to admiración. I believe that all of the ción words are feminine... there might be some exceptions, but at least most of them are.


This was very in-depth and very helpful! Thank you for all the examples!!


That was a great help thanks :)


I keep forgetting the word for onion (cebolla) and always want to use the word for horse (caballo). Hopefully typing this down will help me remember!


Please remember that an onion and a horse taste different.


Caballo=Cabela's=Deer=four legged mammal=Horse This is my ridiculous system. Hope it helps!


I only remember because of Disney's the 3 caballeros. Cowboys = ride horses.


La cebolla es mía if I am a boy?


"mía" applies to the gender of the onion, not yours.


Would mío work?


No, because "cebolla" is feminine.


Shouldn't mío or mía refer to the gender of who has the onion? Regardless of the gender of the object?


No. It refers to the gender of the onion (native Spanish speaker).


I got this wrong at first also...here's the explanation from the notes on Duolingo: Note that the possessive adjectives vary by number and gender. The change is with the nouns they modify, not with the person(s) who possess the object. For example, for a male cat you say "El gato es tuyo" (The cat is yours) regardless of whether you are talking to a man or a woman.


Why is the sentence "La cebolla es la mía" incorrect? My book says it can be la mía or only mía. Both should be correct. What do you think?


That would be like saying "The onion is the mine".


Thanks for answering but you can't translate English-Spanish literally. My Spanish books said so that both should be posible.


I'm a native Spanish speaker. I guess you could say "La cebolla es la mía", but it would mean something like "The onion is the one that belongs to me", for example as an answer to the question "which is the vegetable that belongs to you?" I would not use it to say "The onion is mine".


you win :-) Thank you for the explanation. That sounds good. So I remember to use "la mía" when I am talking about something that really belongs to me. In other cases only "mía".


One of the sentences on Duolingo is "La casa de la esquina es la nuestra." translated as "The house on the corner is ours".


Razon, usually with the verb 'ser', the possessive pronoun, usually the definite article is left off. The text books will tell you that the possessive pronouns Do take a definite article. 'mia' is a possessive adjective meaning 'of mine''. It is the long form of the possessive adjectives. It like saying 'they are onions of mine' or 'son cebollas mias. 'They are my onions' http://spanish.about.com/od/adjectives/a/long_form_possessive_adjectives.htm http://spanish.about.com/od/pronouns/a/possessive_pronouns.htm


If you say, you are saying that this particular onion is mine, but when you said "la cebolla es la mia" you are selecting between diferent products. For example: you have the melon and theonion, an you said to your friend: the melon is mine and the onion is yours, you can said in spanish, el meón es el mio i la cebolla es la tuya.


How do u know when it's mia or mio?


It depends on the gender of the noun. For example, onion is cebolla which is a feminine noun so you'd use mía. If the noun was masculine, like cerebro (brain) you'd use mío.


So why es (ser) rather than está (estar)? I think of ser as being more innate or permanent and estar as being more ephemeral or extrinsic and, as an English speaker, I tend to think of possession as being temporary or contingent. Would "La cebolla está mía" be correct as well? Or would that have a different connotation?


You always user ser for belonging.


So the feminine/masculine has to do with the object being discussed not the person speaking?


Yes, exactly. Let's say I'm talking about a chair. "The chair is red." In Spanish, that's "La silla es roja." Chair is a feminine noun. Even though I'm a boy, chair will ALWAYS be 'silla' never 'sillo.'

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