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I have a question about who is meant in this sentence: YOUR - HIS - HER average. Does the "A" imply that I am talking to YOU? "sua média" would be about HIM or HER ??? Or is it all the same... HELP !!!
To clarify who is being referred to, Portuguese often uses 'dele' or 'dela' instead of 'seu/sua' for 3rd person. "a media dele" = his average "a media dela" = her average. Also 'deles' = 'theirs' masculine or mixed and 'delas = 'theirs' referring to an all-feminine group If it is 'seu/sua', it generally refers to the listener 'voce' or 'voces' [Edited - Thanks, Luis for correcting me on my original post.]
"A sua média dele" is redundant and wrong according to the grammar. You can either use "Sua média" or "A média dele/dela/deles/delas"; using both posessives at once is not accepted and shall be considered wrong by the program (and any Portuguese speaker will attest to that).
I wouldn't say that their use is identical. Mean is seldom used in spoken English unless people are talking about maths or statistics - i.e. technically. If people are talking about grades, running times, or performance of any type, although mean is technically correct, average is the word they would almost always use. I would never say "I'm a mean height for my age", even though it is technically correct.