"I am a neighbour of yours" is ambiguous as to what sex "yours" refers to.So surely vuestra is just as correct as vuestro. What am I missing?

David

Kwiziq community member

9 June 2019

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"I am a neighbour of yours" is ambiguous as to what sex "yours" refers to.So surely vuestra is just as correct as vuestro. What am I missing?

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "How to say our and your (masculine/feminine singular and plural)"

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

10 June 2019

10/06/19

Hola David

As the lesson is saying on one note: the possessive agrees with the noun it is modifying, so in this sentence:

I am a neighbour of yours (when yours is referring to you plural) = Yo soy un vecino vuestro

That "yours plural" could be referring to you plural feminine or you plural masculine, but whatever the case, it will still be "vuestro" because it agrees with "vecino".

Now, you could also say:

"Yo soy vecina vuestra" (I am a neighbour of yours) 

But in this case you are saying "I am a "female" neighbour of yours), in which case you then need "vuestra" (not vuestro) to agree with feminine noun "vecina".

I hope this helps,

Inma

David

Kwiziq community member

12 June 2019

12/06/19

Hola Inma,

Gracias!

David

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