Re: [OT] Spanish grammar (was Re: [q] Typesetting rules in Spanish)

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Sat Sep 07 2002 - 12:53:17 EDT

<Peter_Constable at sil dot org> wrote:

>> ??Yo soy Juan de Aguirre, el marino, el hermano de su madre de usted,
> Can one really say, "su madre de usted"? Can you do that with any noun
> and any semantic relation expressed by the possessive construction?
> (su casa de usted, su pays de usted, etc.)

It's an emphatic form, sort of like saying "YOUR mother" slowly while
raising one's eyebrows and pointing one's finger at the listener. (OK,
maybe not quite that emphatic.)

I imagine you could use that form with any "possessed" noun when the
situation calls for that type of emphasis.

-Doug Ewell
 Fullerton, California

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