Possessive Pronouns DELE and DELA – Pronomes Pessoais Possessivos

Do you remember how to use the possessive pronouns DELE & DELA?

Take a look at the examples:
  • A bola DELA é rosa (her ball is pink)
  • O carro DELA é rosa (her car is pink)
  • A bola DELE é rosa (his ball is pink)
  • O carro DELE é rosa (his car is pink)

     

The first thing you have to keep in mind is that DELE/DELA depend on the “owner” of the object (or person, animal etc), in other words:
DELE is used when the “owner” of the object is male
DELA is used when the “owner” of the object is female
Note that in the above examples we have only ONE OBJECT (a ball or a car) and only ONE “OWNER”.
If there are TWO or MORE OBJECTS and only ONE “OWNER”:
  • As bolas DELA são rosas (her balls are pink)
  • Os carros DELA são rosas (her cars are pink)
  • As bolas DELE são rosas (his balls are pink)
  • Os carros DELE são rosas (his cars are pink)

     

Let’s rewrite the sentences with ONE OBJECT and TWO or MORE “OWNERS”.
  • A bola DELAS é rosa (their ball is pink)
  • O carro DELAS é rosa (their car is pink)
  • A bola DELES é rosa (their ball is pink)
  • O carro DELES é rosa (their car is pink)

     

Pay attention to the following detail:
DELES is used when the object belongs to more than one person and at least one of them is male.
DELAS is used when the object belongs to more than one person and all of them are female
And if we have TWO or MORE OBJECTS and TWO or MORE “OWNERS”.
  • As bolas DELAS são rosas (their balls are pink)
  • Os carros DELAS são rosas (their cars are pink)
  • As bolas DELES são rosas (their balls are pink)
  • Os carros DELES são rosas (their casr are pink)
Well, take a look a the link to see more examples and do some exercises!
possessivos- dele dela
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