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 mine is translated by il mio, la mia, i miei, le mie, according to what is being referred to: your book and mine = il tuo libro e il mio; the blue car is mine = la macchina blu è la mia; his children are younger than mine = i suoi bambini sono più giovani dei miei; your shoes are brown, while mine are black = le tue scarpe sono marroni, mentre le mie 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 mine = un mio cugino; that school friend of mine = quel mio compagno di scuola; four books of mine = quattro miei libri. - For examples and particular usages, see the entry below.
- his car is red but mine is bluela sua macchina è rossa ma la mia è bluthe green pen is minela penna verde è (la) miamine's a whisky [informal]un whisky per meshe's a friend of mineè una mia amicahe's no friend of mine! it's not minenon è miothe book isn't mine to lend younon ti posso prestare il libro, non è miomine is not an easy task [formal]il mio non è davvero un compito facilethat brother of mine [pejorative]'sto fratello che mi ritrovo!
- 2 [figurative] to be a mine of informationessere una miniera di informazionito have a mine of experience to draw onavere molte esperienze a cui attingere
- 2 (Military)(lay mines in) minare (area)(blow up) fare saltare (ship, tank)
- estrarre mineralito mine forestrarre (gems, mineral)
- mine out [something], mine [something] out
esaurire (mineral, area, pit)the pit is completely mined out
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