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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KatVatalie

Nel vs. Nello

You know how "nel burro" means "in the butter", but "nello zucchero" means "in the sugar"? How do you know which version to use?

February 26, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JhnMrcds
  • in + il = nel
  • in + la = nella
  • in + l' = nell'
  • in + lo = nello
  • in + i = nei
  • in + le = nelle
  • in + gli = negli
  • in + lo = nello

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FatPatNaps

Thanks for explaining this even though I didn't ask the question


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kmh_97

Kind of complicated. I like English's "in the" and French's "dans le/la" much better...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Eqvinox

Thank you so much!!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dcarl1

Lo is used with nouns starting with "s"or "z." There may be some exceptions, but this is a good rule to start with.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nerevarine1138

Just a small addendum: it's got to be "s + consonant" or "z" at the beginning. For example, it's "il secolo", but "lo sciopero".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dcarl1

Thanks! I knew there was some refinement to that rule, but couldn't recall it at the time I posted this.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TwoSicilie

Thanks for this! I was really confused about this... again, grazie!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jwisowaty

maybe i just havent learned enough yet but duolingo so far has used Nel to mean "in" something or "on" something......is there other words that can be used to set apart the difference between on and in....or is it just the context of the setence that signifies the difference?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nerevarine1138

"In/nel/nella/nello" almost never means "on" in Italian. That would be "su/sul/sulla/sullo".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fpettinella

One example of when it does mean "on" is when you say "on the plate" = "nel piatto"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DomTrussar

Never nei, negli, etc. Are those antiquated? Even other sites never list them. It's always nel, nello, and maybe nella and nell' that they list. Anybody? Bueller???


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/nerevarine1138

No, they're not antiquated. They're just the plural forms, so they won't show up much in a discussion of how to elide with a singular noun.

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