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Italian adjectives, word extension

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croatia88888
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03 December 2013 at 2:04pm | IP Logged 
Italian Possessive Adjectives - Aggettivi Possessivi


could someone explain me if the extension of a word is added or changed when we use some of the possesive adjectives from the list, i know they change in plural right? but do they change/add to a word thats in singular?

and

i have to translate "his book" which someone translated for me into "il suo libro", shouldn't it be "la sua libro"? i'm sure a book is female gender in my main (croatian) language (or is the gender different in some languages?), or we first think of a word and see the extension if its "o" than we add "suo" if its "a" than "sua"? as "o" is male and "a" female extension to words

and

could someone tell me how can there be a "your" of loro (they) if a "your" of loro is surely just "their"?
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03 December 2013 at 2:24pm | IP Logged 
Unfortunately, genders change across languages, specially if they don't belong to the
same family. For example, "Sun" is masculine in Italian (il sole), but feminine in German
(die Sonne). In this case, "Libro" is a masculine word in this language.

In many Romance languages (Italian, Spanish or Portuguese, for example), most words that
ends with "o" are masculine and if a noun ends with "a", then it's very probably it's a
feminine word.

Edited by nicozerpa on 03 December 2013 at 2:26pm

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03 December 2013 at 2:37pm | IP Logged 
btw here is the link i wanted to post instead of the title in the topic

http://historum.com/redirect-to/?redirect=http%3A%2F%2Fitali an.about.com%2Flibrary%2Ffare%2Fblfare132a.htm
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03 December 2013 at 8:32pm | IP Logged 
I think your gender question has been answered already.

croatia88888 wrote:
Italian Possessive Adjectives - Aggettivi Possessivi
could someone tell me how can there be a "your" of loro (they) if a "your" of loro is
surely just "their"?


There happens to be more than one "loro" in Italian, the spelling an pronunciation just
happens to be identical. Most languages have words that seem to perform more than once
function.

I'd guess that, once you become familiar with it, "loro" won't be too much of a
problem, far less than "ci" for example.



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