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Italian Possessive Adjectives

Possessive adjectives indicate ownership of something by someone.
Possessive Adjectives
Masculine
Feminine

Mio, miei

Tuo, tuoi

Suo, suoi

Nostro, nostri

Vostro, vostri

Loro

(my)

(your)

(his/her/its)

(our)

(your)

(their)

Mia, mie

Tua, tue

Sua, sue

Nostra, nostre

Vostra, vostre

Loro

Possessive adjectives agree in gender and number with the noun they refer to, and they generally come after the article.

E.g.:

il mio libro / my book

la tua borsa / your bag

il suo quaderno / his/her notebook

le nostre macchine / our cars

i vostri telefoni / your phones

le loro giacche / their jackets

The singular family nouns are an exception and there is no definite article:

Mio padre; tuo fratello; tua zia; mio nipote; etc.

Whereas in the plural we use the definite article:

i tuoi fratelli; le tue zie; i miei nipoti; etc.

The possessive in the third person plural "il loro, la loro..." always has the article, also in the singular:

Il loro padre; la loro cugina; i loro genitori; le loro sorelle

 

See also:

Italian Course: Unit 4 Possessive adjectives. Be careful! With family nouns, the article is omitted ...

Italian Exercises Possessive adjectives - The second conjugation (-ere verbs) in the present tense

Italian Possessive Adjectives Exercise Exercise to test your knowledge of Italian possessive adjectives.

Trailer in italian: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Italian Possessive Adjectives

 

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