Bengali possessive pronouns (my, your, her/his, their)

Following the previous post on Bengali personal pronouns, today’s is on possessive pronouns.

To recap, Bengali doesn’t distinguish between genders (so in the third person one word can be used for ‘he’ or ‘she’), but it does distinguish between proximity.

Thus, depending on whether a person is, whether here, there or elsewhere, you would use এ, ও or সে for the singular, familiar form of ‘you’.

The main lists below only includes pronouns in their familiar and polite forms. There is one other form, the intimate, but it’s much less commonly used (and can be found here).

Bengali possessive pronouns

Singular

My – আমার (amar)

Your (f) – তোমার (tomar)

Her/his (f, h) – এর (er)

Her/his (f, t) -ওর (or)

Her/his (f, e) – তার (tar)

Your (p) – আপনার (apnar)

Her/his (p, h) – *এর [*এনার] (*er [*enar])

Her/his (p, t) – *ওর [*ওনার] (*or [*onar])

Her/his (p, e) – *তার (*tar)

Plural

Our – আমাদের (amader)

Your (f) – তোমাদের (tomader)

Their (f, h) – এদের [এনাদের] (eder – [enader])

Their (f, t) – ওদের [ওনাদের] (oder [onader])

Their (f, e) – তাদের (tader)

Your (p) – আপনাদের (apnader)

Their (p, h) – *এদের [*এনাদের] (*eder – [*enader])

Their (p, t) – *ওদের [*ওনাদের] (oder – [*onader])

Their (p, e) – *তাদের (*tader)

* There’s a Chandrobindu required over first letter of each of these words (and I really should stop relying on Google Transliterate for Bengali script and thus not being able to add that grammatical sign when its needed)

N.B. The forms in square brackets are colloquial alternatives

One response to “Bengali possessive pronouns (my, your, her/his, their)

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