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British English: /ðɛːz/
American English: /ðɛrz/
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 blue
    la mia macchina è rossa, ma la loro è blu
    the green hats are theirs
    i cappelli verdi sono loro
    which house is theirs?
    qual è la loro casa?
    I'm a friend of theirs
    sono un loro amico
    it's not theirs
    non è loro
    the money wasn't theirs to give away
    non spettava a loro dare via quei soldi
    theirs was not an easy task
    il loro non fu un compito facile
    I saw them with that dog of theirs [pejorative]
    li ho visti con il loro cagnaccio
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