Possessive adjectives

February 5, 2018

Adjetivos posesivos


Possessive adjectives are words that express a relationship of possession. These structures are similar to those in English, so it can make it easier to comprehend.  Some examples may be:

Your brother – His dogs – Our neighbours

Moreover like other adjectives, possessives also vary according to gender (male or female) and number (singular and plural) and we can classify them into 2 groups,  átonos and  tónicos.

Possessive adjectives ” átonos”


These possessive adjectives can also be called “débiles” or “antepuestos”, and will always go before the noun they determine, these are considered weak because they are not a marked statement, and can also be used to clarify kinship or possession of something known.

Furthermore here are some examples of the predecessor possessive adjectives are as follows:

  • Él es mi padre
  • Mi perro corre mucho
  • Mis libros son bonitos
  • Si, esos son mis libros

Possessive adjectives “tónicos”

These are also known as “pospuestos” or “fuertes”, and always go after the noun they determine, are known as strong because they are used to emphasize the possession of the subject or clarify a relationship with someone.

In addition here we have some examples using adjectivos posesivos tónicos:

  • Es una amiga mía
  • Este señor es hermano mío
  • Un amigo mío habla ruso
  • Hermanos míos han visto esa película


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