Although 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, theirs is always translated by loro; however, since Italian possessives, unlike English ones, are normally preceded by an article, the article - if not the possessive loro - will have to agree with the noun. So theirs is translated by il loro, la loro, i loro, le loro, according to what is being referred to: our boss and theirs = il nostro capo e il loro; this room is theirs = questa stanza è la loro; our children are younger than theirs = i nostri bambini sono più giovani dei loro; your shoes are brown, while theirs are black = le vostre scarpe sono marroni, mentre le loro 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 theirs = un loro cugino; that schoolfriend of theirs = quel loro compagno di scuola; four books of theirs = quattro loro libri. - For examples and particular usages, see the entry below.
- my car is red but theirs is bluela mia macchina è rossa, ma la loro è bluthe green hats are theirsi cappelli verdi sono lorowhich house is theirs?qual è la loro casa?I'm a friend of theirssono un loro amicoit's not theirsnon è lorothe money wasn't theirs to give awaynon spettava a loro dare via quei solditheirs was not an easy taskil loro non fu un compito facileI saw them with that dog of theirs [pejorative]li ho visti con il loro cagnaccio
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