La mano, las manos, mi mano, mis manos?

ClaraC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

La mano, las manos, mi mano, mis manos?

I had thought that with the noun 'mano' we shouldn't use the possessive pronoun/s? 

Please could you advise me here? 

Gracias

Clara

Asked 9 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Clara

In this dictation this sentence "su vida está en mis manos" is an expression. We can use possessive with noun "mano". I think you may be thinking about this other sort of sentences where we use parts of our bodies and we talk about routine actions related to higiene.

"Lávate las manos! -> Wash your hands!

Here we don't use the possessive before it is understood that you want the person to wash his/her own hands, so we use the article "the" instead.

Another example would be: "Pon la cabeza en el cojín para descansar" -> Put your head on the cushion to rest.

Hope it helps

Inma

ClaraC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Gracias Inma. 

 Yes, I understand that now.

Clara

La mano, las manos, mi mano, mis manos?

I had thought that with the noun 'mano' we shouldn't use the possessive pronoun/s? 

Please could you advise me here? 

Gracias

Clara

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