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

  • in + il = nel
  • in + la = nella
  • in + l' = nell'
  • in + lo = nello
  • in + i = nei
  • in + le = nelle
  • in + gli = negli
  • in + lo = nello
February 28, 2016

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

May 25, 2018

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

March 13, 2018

Thank you so much!!

August 10, 2018

Because "il burro", but " lo zucchero". The difference is in the article (both nel and nello are in + an article)

February 26, 2016

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

February 26, 2016

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".

March 1, 2016

maybe i just havent learned enough yet but duolingo so far has used Nel to mean "in" something or "on" 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?

November 10, 2017

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

November 10, 2017

Grazie !

February 23, 2019
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