In Italian, possessive pronouns have the same forms as the corresponding adjectives, are usually preceded by an article, and reflect the gender and number of the noun they are standing for. So hers is translated by il suo, la sua, i suoi, le sue, according to what is being referred to: your book and hers = il tuo libro e il suo; the blue car is hers = la macchina blu è la sua; my children are younger than hers = i miei bambini sono più piccoli dei suoi; your shoes are brown, while hers are black = le tue scarpe sono marroni, mentre le sue sono nere. - Since Italian possessive adjectives, unlike English ones, may be preceded by an article, a demonstrative adjective or a numeral, an English possessive pronoun is often translated by an Italian possessive adjective: a cousin of hers = un suo cugino; that schoolfriend of hers = quel suo compagno di scuola; four books of hers = quattro suoi libri. - For examples and particular usages, see the entry below.
- my car is red but hers is bluela mia auto è rossa ma la sua è bluthe green pen is hersla penna verde è suawhich house is hers?qual è la sua casa? quale casa è la sua?I'm a friend of herssono un suo amicoit's not hersnon è (il) suothe money wasn't hers to give awaynon doveva dare via soldi non suoihers was not an easy taskil suo non era un compito facileI saw her with that dog of hers! [pejorative]
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