Su vs la

Su vs la

Why is there "en su espalda" and not en LA espalda? 

Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Emanuel

We don't normally use the possessives in this sort of sentences as we always assume that if someone has a pain somewhere it is always his/her own body, so, we tend to use articles el, la, los, las. However we sometimes use the possessive for emphasis. We could have easily said, with the same meaning:

El paciente tenía mucho dolor en la espalda.

Saludos,

Inma

Su vs la

Why is there "en su espalda" and not en LA espalda? 

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