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Old January 08, 2011, 06:07 AM
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Question Revisit: specific question about possessive vs. definite article

My workbook asked me to translate a paragraph about car sales advertising which contained the following sentence:

English: Take advantage of our end-of-the-year offer!

The answer the book gives for the translation is: ¡Aproveche la oferta de fin de año!

My question is about the use of "la". Why not "nuestra"? Would it be okay to write: ¡Aproveche nuestra oferta de fin de año!
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Old January 08, 2011, 07:22 AM
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Yes, it would, but "la" is enough to express the same idea, as we use less possessive pronouns than you do in English.
If there is a store advertising special prices, it's pretty obvious that they are not suggesting you to take advantage of prices in other stores.
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Old January 08, 2011, 08:21 AM
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as we use less possessive pronouns than you do in English. (we use possessive pronouns less frequently....)
As a postscript, a better known example is the use of parts of the body: levantarle la mano.
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Got it. Thanks!
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Thanks for making that correction, Perikles. I was going to actually suggest "we use fewer possessive pronouns..."

I know about the body parts one. But I keep forgetting that it's a wider usage, applying more generally to all nouns, and not just to a very limited list of them.....
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Old January 08, 2011, 08:31 AM
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Thanks for making that correction, Perikles. I was going to actually suggest "we use fewer possessive pronouns..."
I did wonder about this, and I can't be bothered actually counting them, but Spanish must actually have more of them, not fewer, but used much less often.

Edit: cross-posting.
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Old January 08, 2011, 08:29 AM
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Thank you both for corrections, now I know why the sentence didn't sound right.
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And just to nitpick, you're talking about possessive adjectives (or determiners), not possessive pronouns.
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And just to nitpick, you're talking about possessive adjectives (or determiners), not possessive pronouns.
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