How to Express Possession in Spanish = Use ‘De’ [+8 Examples & Quiz]

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In this Spanish grammar lesson you will learn how to express possession in Spanish.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to express possession in Spanish
  • how the preposition is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on expressing possession in Spanish
  • how you can practice with flashcards on expressing possession in Spanish
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn Spanish

Please refer to the Spanish A1 Page to get a better overview of Spanish grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of Spanish A1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to express possession in Spanish!

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How to Express Possession in Spanish

To express possession in Spanish you will use “de” (of).

Before I show you an example of this in Spanish, let’s first have a look at how we do it in English.

In English, you will use ‘s to express possession.

Here’s an example.

This is Noah’s car.

As you can see, you are adding the ‘s after Noah.

However, in Spanish this will look at bit different.

Este es el coche de Noah.

This is Noah‘s car.

Essentially in English you would say: the person’s object.

But in Spanish you would say: the object of the person.

The Spanish form was also used in Old English

El libro de David.

The book of David.

Here are some more examples that show you how to express possession in Spanish.

La pluma de Carlos.

Carlos’s pen.

Esta es la caja de mi hermano.

This is my brother’s box.

Esta es la lámpara de mi hermana.

This is my sister’s lamp.

Los coches de mis padres.

My parents’ cars.

Please note that you always need to add the definite articles (el/la and los/las) in Spanish.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that contractions can happen too.

If “de” is followed by “el” you will contract to “del

Este es el libro del cura.

This is the priest’s book.

If “de” is followed by “la” you will not contract.

Esta es la bufanda de la mujer.

This is the woman’s scarf.

Example Sentences on Possession in Spanish

This section of the lesson on possession on Spanish is about seeing the preposition used in sentences.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of possession in Spanish through examples.

Este es el coche de Noah.

This is Noah‘s car.

El libro de David.

The book of David.

La pluma de Carlos.

Carlos’s pen.

Esta es la caja de mi hermano.

This is my brother’s box.

Esta es la lámpara de mi hermana.

This is my sister’s lamp.

Los coches de mis padres.

My parents’ cars.

Este es el libro del cura.

This is the priest’s book.

Esta es la bufanda de la mujer.

This is the woman’s scarf.

Quiz Yourself on Possession in Spanish

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson

Using flashcards is an absolute necessity when it comes to learning a language!

It is the best way to memorize what you learn, you can personalize your progression because it adapts to your actions, and all flashcards have audio to improve your hearing and pronunciation.

Please read our article on how to learn a new language for more information on flashcards and the best way to learn a new language.

There are two ways to practice with Flashcards for this lesson.

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