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Italian Al

Hi,

I just did a lesson with al in it and I'm not sure what it means in English I have my italian - english dictionary with me but it wasn't much help. Can someone shed some light on this for me?

January 6, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/thegib9

"to the"

January 6, 2016

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It's a contraction of "a" and "il"

January 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MABBY

Just as "alla" is a contraction of "a" and "la", used in front of singular feminine nouns
ex.: Alla banca (to the bank)

Meanwhile, less common but still around are "ai" ("to the" for most plural masculine nouns) and "agli" ("to the" for plural masculine nouns that begin with a vowel, or "z", or "s" + consonant)

Ai ragazzi (to the boys)
Agli uomini (to the men)
Agli studenti (to the students)

There's also the plural feminine version "Alle", and singular versions for that masculine exception noted above (Allo) and for other nouns that begin with a vowel (All').

Alle donne (to the women) or a longer example:
Lei ha le risposte alle domande (she has the answers to the questions)
Allo zoo (to the zoo)
All'albergo (to the hotel)

January 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ficho19

what about "il biscotto al cioccolato". Al here means "made of" ( it translates better in my native language)

August 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/vastasio

Right...it can also means "at the"...I'm at the restaurant=sono al ristorante

January 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/RozalynLeslie

Thank you all for helping me understanding a little bit more Italian :) Grazie

January 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/thegib9

prego

January 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/hamburger09

To the

January 8, 2016

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