I have been learning Russian for a year now. I took a trip to somewhere where there are many Russian speaking peoples. I realized that I use мойи моя incorrectly. Can someone please help me.

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    It will be better if you add an example of incorrect use, so we can see where you make the mistake.
    – Nordik
    Apr 6, 2015 at 14:55

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The difference is in grammatical gender.

Мой is used for masculine objects:

мой дом, мой планшет, мой любимый (мужчина).

Моя is used for feminine objects:

моя машина, моя сеть, моя любимая (женщина).

You haven't mentioned but as there are three genders in Russian language there is also моё that is used for neuter gender objects:

моё окно, моё видение.

P.S.: As you may have noticed all of them are used for animate and inanimate objects.

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    For beginners: a few masculine nouns end in -a or -я, such as names of some male relatives папа (dad), дядя (uncle), дедушка (grandfather), and for these you have to use мой just as with all other masculine nouns.
    – KCd
    Apr 6, 2015 at 16:53
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    ...and nouns ending in -ь can be masculine or feminine and their gender has to be learned with each word.
    – CocoPop
    Apr 8, 2015 at 12:54
  • It is great that mention the 3rd case, +1 for completeness.
    – Joe DF
    Oct 27, 2018 at 2:19

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