Possessive Pronouns in Portuguese

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What’s up my friends of Dica do Dia?! How are you doing? Well, today we are going to talk about Possessive Pronouns in Portuguese and also Possessive Adjectives in Portuguese.

Learning the Possessive Pronouns in Portuguese

Possessive Pronouns are words that indicate possession, in other words, they point out an object that belongs to a specific person. They are very important when having a conversation in the Portuguese language.

The Possessive Pronouns are:

Possessive Pronouns in Portuguese. Pronomes Possessivos. Eu, minha, minha; você, seu, sua; ele/ela, dele, dela; nós, nosso, nossa; vocês, seus, suas; eles/elas, deles, delas.

Let’s see these pronouns organized into a table with the translation:

Eu Meu / Minha – Meus/ Minhas Mine
Você Seu / Sua Yours
Ele/ ela Dele / Dela > Seu / Sua / Seus / Suas His / Hers
Nós Nosso (-s) / Nossa (-s) Ours
Vocês Seus / Suas Yours
Eles / elas Deles / Delas > Seu / Sua / Seus / Suas Theirs

Notice that Brazilians prefer using the pronouns dele/dela and deles/delas instead of seu (and its variations).

Example of possessive pronouns in Portuguese

Now, let’s take a look at some sentences using these Possessive Pronouns:

O livro em cima da mesa é meu.
The book on the table is mine.

José, esse caderno aí é seu.
José, this notebook is yours.

Estas havaianas são nossas.
These havaianas are ours.

Juliana e Jaime, esses computadores são seus?
Juliana and Jaime, are these computers yours?

Ele sempre sai com o amigo dele.
He always goes out with that friend of his.

Possessive Adjectives in Portuguese

Possessive Adjectives in Portuguese are those that, point to a person (possessor), and give the idea that he/she possesses something (possessed object). In Portuguese we usually call these two types of possessive pronouns: pronomes possessivos. But differently from the Possessive Pronouns, the possessive adjectives don’t appear in the end of the sentence, but right before the noun.

To spot the difference, let’s check out another table with the possessive adjective in Portuguese and their translations.

Eu Meu / Minha My
Você Seu / Sua Your
Ele/ ela Dele / Dela > Seu / Sua / Seus / Suas His / Her
Nós Nosso (-s) / Nossa (-s) Our
Vocês Seus / Suas Your
Eles / elas Deles / Delas > Seu / Sua / Seus / Suas Their

 

Example of possessive adjectives in Portuguese

Este é o meu livro.
This is my book.

José, esse é o seu caderno?
José, is this your notebook?

Estas são as nossas havaianas.
Those are our Havaianas.

Juliana e Jaime esses são os seus computadores.
Juliana and Jaime, these are your computers.

Ele sempre sai com o seu amigo.
He always goes out with his friend.

Pronunciation of the Pronouns in Portuguese

Now that we know how to use them, let’s practice our pronunciation. Listen to the sound of each pronoun in Portuguese:


Now it’s your turn!

Complete the sentences using the correct pronoun according to the person indicated in brackets. Remember, when we are talking about possessive pronouns, the pronoun will change according to the noun that comes after it! So you have to pay attention to the person (in brackets) and also the noun.

  1. ______ nome é João. (eu)
  2. Onde está o ______ carro? (você)
  3. Onde está a ______ caneta? (você)
  4. Eu falei com a mãe ______  (ele).
  5. O ______ carro é azul. (nós)
  6. O carro ______ é amarelo. (ela)
  7. ______ casas são pequenas. (nós)
  8. ______ aula de Português Online é muito divertida! (nós)
  9. Nas ______ atividades RioLIVE! nós conhecemos muito o Rio. (nós)
  10. Essas anotações são ______ (eu).
  11. Estes livros são ______. (eu)

Well, now we know how to use the Possessive Pronouns and we have also covered one more lesson that you can use in your Portuguese classes.

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Answers

  1. Meu nome é João. (eu)
  2. Onde está o seu carro? (você)
  3. Onde está a sua caneta? (você)
  4. Eu falei com a mãe dele (ele).
  5. O nosso carro é azul. (nós)
  6. O carro dela é amarelo. (ela)
  7. Nossas casas são pequenas. (nós)
  8. Nossa aula de Português Online é muito divertida! (nós)
  9. Nas nossas atividades RioLIVE! nós conhecemos muito o Rio. (nós)
  10. Essas anotações são minhas. (eu)
  11. Estes livros são meus. (eu)

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