When translating my, remember that in Italian possessives, like most other adjectives, agree in gender and number with the noun they qualify, not as in English with the possessor they refer to; my is translated by mio + masculine singular noun ( my neighbour, my dog = il mio vicino, il mio cane), mia + feminine singular noun ( my teacher, my house = la mia maestra, la mia casa), miei + masculine plural noun ( my children, my books = i miei figli, i miei libri), and mie + feminine plural noun ( my friends, my shoes = le mie amiche, le mie scarpe). - The above examples also show that Italian possessives, unlike English ones, are normally preceded by an article. - When own is used after my to intensify the meaning of the possessive, it is not usually translated in Italian: I'll get there on my own car = ci andrò con la mia macchina. - When my is used before nouns indicating parts of the body (for which ), garments, relatives, food and drink etc., Italian has an article instead: I had my hair cut = mi sono fatto tagliare i capelli; I kept my hat on = ho tenuto il cappello; I have eaten up my soup = ho finito la minestra; I'm in my forties = ho passato la quarantina.
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Subscribe to Oxford Dictionaries Italian
- Italian-English and English-Italian dictionary
- more than 750,000 words, phrases, and translations, including idioms
- covers Italian and British & American English
- thousands of example sentences to show language in use
- listen to Italian words and sentences
- hundreds of grammar and usage notes for tricky translation problems
- up-to-date and accurate translations
- remove adverts*
*Advertising-free access on main Oxforddictionaries.com site only. Advertising also appears in embedded videos on Oxforddictionaries.com