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I'm confused as to when exactly I should use articles in italian. Like I can start a sentence saying "Mia madre é..." with no 'la' article and it's ok, but if I say "Noi usiamo zucchero" it's wrong, and it says I need to use the 'lo' article. Why is that? P.D.: I'm also a Spanish speaker, in case that helps with explaining. Thanks!

4 years ago

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itastudent
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I feel that the usage of the articles is pretty similar to Spanish. Probably, you just need to make sure to always use it before a possessive (in Spanish, you don't), with the exception of singular family members, which don't want the article (you woulds say "mio fratello", "mio zio", etc. but the plural would anyway be "i miei fratelli", "i miei zii", etc.).

4 years ago

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NachoVegaZ
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Great! That helps a lot. What about the sugar example I mentioned above? Duolingo insists on me saying "Usiamo lo zucchero" instead of just "Usiamo zucchero"

4 years ago

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itastudent
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In general, you need the article in that case (not sure actually if you'd need that in Spanish too).

4 years ago

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NachoVegaZ
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No, not in Spanish. But thanks! You were very helpful

4 years ago