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"Possessives" is a form of "possessive", an adjective which is often translated as "posesivo". "Both" is a pronoun which is often translated as "ambos". Learn more about the difference between "both" and "possessives" below.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (the one and the other)
a. ambos (masculine)
My best friends are from Chile. Both live in Santiago.Mis mejores amigos son de Chile. Ambos viven en Santiago.
b. ambas (feminine)
How did your daughters do on the test? - Both got good grades.¿Cómo le fue a tus hijas en el examen? - Ambas sacaron buenas notas.
c. los dos (masculine)
Which dress should I buy? Both fit me really well.¿Cuál vestido debería comprar? Los dos me quedan muy bien.
d. las dos (feminine)
Which house are you going to buy? Both are in very good neighborhoods.¿Cuál de las casas vas a comprar? Las dos están en vecindarios muy buenos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (the one and the other)
a. ambos
Should we visit Barcelona, or Paris? Both cities are beautiful.¿Deberíamos visitar Barcelona, o París? Ambas ciudades son bellas.
b. los dos
Both hotels offered the same services.Los dos hoteles ofrecían los mismos servicios.
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
3. (equally; used with "and")
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Both my sister and my friend live abroad.Tanto mi hermana como mi amiga viven en el extranjero.
I love both my mother and father.Quiero a mi madre y a mi padre por igual.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (domineering)
a. posesivo
Tom had finally found a woman who would respect him and not be possessive.Tom por fin había encontrado a una mujer que la respetaría y no sería posesiva.
b. dominante
Don't be such a possessive father. Give your children some freedom!No seas un papá tan dominante. ¡Dales un poco de libertad a tus hijos!
2. (grammar)
a. posesivo
In Spanish, a possessive adjective that follows the noun must agree with it in gender and number.En español, un adjetivo posesivo que sigue al sustantivo debe concordar con este en número y género.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
3. (grammar)
a. el posesivo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The word "it's" simply means "it is," while "its" is a possessive.La palabra "it's" significa simplemente "es", mientras "its" es un posesivo.
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