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 yours is translated by il tuo, la tua, i tuoi, le tue, according to what is being referred to: my book and yours = il mio libro e il tuo the blue car is yours = la macchina blu è la tua his children are younger than yours = i suoi bambini sono più giovani dei tuoi my shoes are brown, while yours are black = le mie scarpe sono marroni, mentre le tue sono nere. - When yours is used to refer to more than one person, it is translated by il vostro, la vostra, i vostri, le vostre, according to what is being referred to: my boss and yours = il mio capo e il vostro this room is yours = questa stanza è la vostra their children are younger than yours = i loro bambini sono più giovani dei vostri my shoes are brown, while yours are black = le mie scarpe sono marroni, mentre le vostre sono nere. - When yours is used as a polite form when speaking to anyone you do not know very well, it is translated by il Suo, la Sua, i Suoi, le Sue, according to what is being referred to: my book and yours = il mio libro e il Suo the blue car is yours = la macchina blu è la Sua my children are younger than yours = i miei bambini sono più giovani dei Suoi my shoes are brown, while yours are black = le mie scarpe sono marroni, mentre le Sue sono nere. - Yours can also be used as a polite form when speaking to more than one person in this case, the Italian equivalent is il Loro, la Loro, i Loro or le Loro according to the gender and number of the noun referred to: my taxi and yours are waiting outside = il mio taxi e il Loro stanno aspettando fuori. - For a full note on the use of the tu, voi and Lei forms in Italian, see the entry → you. - 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 yours = un tuo/vostro/Suo cugino; that schoolfriend of yours = quel tuo/vostro/Suo compagno di scuola; four books of yours = quattro tuoi/vostri/Suoi libri. - For examples and particular usages, see the entry below.
Translation of yours in Italian:
- (of one person: informal) (il) tuo, (la) tua(of one person: polite) (il) suo, (la) sua(of more than one person) (il) vostro, (la) vostramy car is red but yours is bluela mia auto è rossa ma la tua, la sua, la vostra è bluwhich house is yours?qual è la tua, la sua, la vostra casa?he's a colleague of yoursè un tuo, suo, vostro collegait's not yoursnon è tuo, suo, vostrothe money wasn't yours to give awaynon dovevi, doveva, dovevate dare soldi non tuoi, non suoi, non vostriyours was not an easy task I'm fed up with that dog of yours! [informal]sono stufo di quel tuo, vostro cagnaccio!
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