I wanted to ask a question about the usage of possessive adjectives.

Consider the following sentence in English

I play with my brother and dogs.

I am using a singular noun (brother) and plural noun (dogs) which are preceded by only one possessive adjective.

I attemped to write this in Spanish:

Yo juego con mi hermano y mis perros.

But I was wondering whether it was possible to do something like English where only possessive adjective precedes both nouns, where the first is singular and the second is plural:

Yo juego con mi hermano y perros.

Is this correct usage of grammar in Spanish?

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    To be honest I think your proposed English sentence sounds unnatural. I would assume that the dogs belonged to someone else.
    – mdewey
    Nov 17, 2019 at 13:20
  • Your English sentence is not correct without a pronoun (“some dogs”) or a second possessive adjective (“my / his dogs”).
    – Traveller
    Nov 18, 2019 at 10:35

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For your question, no, it just does not work like that. it is different than in English.

In Spanish, for possessive adverbs there has to be a correspondence between the number and gender of the things being owned. (hermana mía, hermano mio, mis hermanas y hermanos) see more about usage here

Hence, your first example is right and should be used

[Yo] juego con mi hermano y mis perros.

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