An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word or group of words (e.g. "UFO" = "unidentified flying object"; "p." = "page").
1. (missing in action)
a. desaparecido en combate
The soldier did not return from the war, and was declared MIA.El soldado no regresó de la guerra, y fue declarado desaparecido en combate.
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(Mil) missing in action
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Usage note
This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 3).
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (possessive)
a. mine
¿De quién es esta chaqueta? - Es mía.Whose is this jacket? - It's mine.
b. of mine
Me lo dijo una amiga mía.A friend of mine told me.
c. my
Querida mía, no sé qué vamos a hacer.I don't know what we are going to do, my dear.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
2. (possessive)
a. mine
Esta silla es la mía. La tuya es esa otra.This chair is mine. Yours is that one there.
Esta no es mi raqueta; la mía lleva mi nombre escrito.This isn't my racket; mine has my name written on it.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
3. (my opportunity)
a. my chance
"Esta es la mía; ahora le pediré salir", pensé."This is my chance. I'll ask her out now," I thought.
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