As 'tu' in Spanish means both "his/her" and "your", the following sentence:

Ella es tu única hermana.

Can the sentence be translated both as:

She is your only sister.


She is his only sister.

  • Just mention that única has graphic accent.
    – serfe
    Feb 18 '15 at 11:52

Tu means two things in Spanish: you, of yours or simply your. In other words tu is both, a personal pronoun (in the form of ) as well as the possessive pronoun (in the form of Tu).

The sentence "Ella es tu unica hermana" can only be translated as:

She is your only sister.

If you would like to say "She is his only sister" you would need to say:

Ella es su unica hermana.

If you would like to say "She is her only sister" you would need to follow the example above since Spanish does not have a separate gender for the possessive pronouns of his or hers as it is done in English.

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    Tu doesn't mean you. That's tú. That accent actually does change pronunciation. Feb 18 '15 at 12:03
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    @Deningrad you should edit your answer in order to express the difference between and tu. It is very important for people who are learning Spanish. Feb 18 '15 at 13:28
  • True, sorry for that. Tú and Tu have been now differentiated.
    – Deningrad
    Feb 18 '15 at 14:08
  • No, you are still saying at the beginning that tu has two meanings. It doesn't.
    – rsanchez
    Feb 19 '15 at 18:19

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