Possessives

Possessivi

Introduction Introduzione
In Italian possessive adjectives indicate ownership in the same way my, your, his, her, and our do in English.

Like most adjectives in Italian they also change form for the gender and plurality of the object they modify. For example, with a masculine noun “my dog” is mio cane but “my dogs” is miei cani. In the case of a feminine noun, “my cow” is mia mucca and “my cows” is mie mucche.

Suo in all its forms is equivalent to “his”, “her” and “their” in English and also “your” if you’re speaking to some formally. While “his” and “her” in English change based on the gender of the possessor, in Italian the words change based on the gender of the object being possessed.

Vostro and its related forms are used to indicate ownership when addressing a group of people informally similar to voi.
Loro has only one form is used for singular and plural objects regardless of gender.

To make any possessive adjective a pronoun you can simply add the corresponding definite article before. This changes mio (my) to il mio (mine).
Singular First-person
Play mio
my masculine mine
Play mia
my feminine mine
Play miei
my masculine mine
Play mie
my feminine mine
Second-person
Play tuo
your masculine informal yours
Play tua
your feminine informal yours
Play tuoi
your masculine informal yours
Play tue
your feminine informal yours
Third-person
Play suo
his her masculine his hers masculine your formal yours formal
Play sua
his her feminine his hers feminine your formal yours formal
Play suoi
his her masculine his your formal hers masculine yours formal
Play sue
his her feminine his your formal hers feminine yours formal
Plural First-person
Play nostro
our masculine ours masculine
Play nostra
our feminine ours feminine
Play nostri
our masculine ours masculine
Play nostre
our feminine ours feminine
Second-person
Play vostro
you alls informal
Play vostra
you alls feminine informal
Play vostri
you alls masculine informal
Play vostre
you alls feminine informal
Third-person
Play loro
their you alls formal theirs you alls formal
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