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Spanish help por favor! When saying 'our' in Spanish, can you say 'nuestroS' or...

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itsmylife462 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 17, 2010 at 4:11 AM via web

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Spanish help por favor! When saying 'our' in Spanish, can you say 'nuestroS' or 'nuestraS'?

Or is the proper way of using 'our' just saying 'nuestro' or 'nuestra' without the added 's' even when it's coming from two or more people? (I would like to say "our grandmother gave her something"--"our" meaning 'she and I')

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 17, 2010 at 5:49 AM (Answer #1)

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The answer to "our grandmother gave her something" in Spanish is "Nuestra abuela le dio algo a ella"

The only time when you use "nuestras" is if its MORE than one grandma. The other nouns are not what "our" is modifying.

The only time when you use "nuestros" is if referring to more than one GRANDFATHER.

take away the S for singulars.

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melinserv | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted July 10, 2011 at 5:19 AM (Answer #2)

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The four choices for "our" are:   nuestro, nuestra, nuestros, nuestras

They all mean the same thing.
The ending only depends on the noun that follows.
Female or male, one or more than one.

Our grandma:  nuestra abuela
Our grandpa:   nuestro abuelo
Our grandmas:  nuestras abuelas
Our grandpas:   nuestros abuelos

Notice that it is basically a matching game with the ending of the noun!

If you want "my" grandma/grandpa/grandmas/grandpas, you will switch over to the words that mean "my":   mi,mis 

my:   mis/mis
your:  tu/tus
his/her/their:  su/sus
our:  nuestro/nuestra/nuestros/nuestras
you all's:  vuestro/vuestra/vuestros/vuestras

Just remember to match the word with the noun that follows, ok?

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volleygirl31385 | Elementary School Teacher | eNoter

Posted December 29, 2010 at 11:55 AM (Answer #3)

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Nuestra or nuestro is used to say "our" when you are talking about one thing. Nuestras or nuestros is used to say "our" when you're talking talking about more than one thing. I would say...Nuestra abuela le dio algo a ella.

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