This is a very basic question about a simple topic that is not really clear to me (curiously, my book doesn't address it, or, more probably, I don't get it).

There are rules to:

  • to pluralize personal pronouns: just add "们" (e.g.: 我 [I] -> 我们 [we])
  • to make possessive adjective from personal pronouns: just add "的" (e.g.: 我 [I] -> 我的 [my])

Can these rules be combined to make possessive adjective for plural pronouns (e.g.: 我 [I] -> 我们的 [our])?


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    Yes. 我们的=our, 他们的=their, 你们的=your, etc. – Stan Oct 23 '15 at 6:40
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    it can also be used as : 我们的=ours, 他们的=theirs, 你们的=yours, – sotondolphin Oct 23 '15 at 7:44
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    咱、咱们,您们(www: 过去不提倡用“您们”,如今在语言的实际运用中,说得比较多了) – user6065 Oct 23 '15 at 8:50

According to Stan (see first comment in the question) and sotondolphin (see other answer), the answer is: Yes. So:

我们的 -> our
你们的 -> your
他们的 -> their
她们的 -> their
它们的 -> their
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same rule applys for animal pronouns 它

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Yes, the suffix de 的 can make any noun (including pronouns) possessive. It has other uses, too, but the possessive is one important case.

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