"The boys drink water."
Translation:I ragazzi bevono l'acqua.
Well I got it.. La: singular feminine. Le: plural feminine. Il: singular masculine. Lo: singular masculine starting with Z or S. L': singular starting with vowels. I: plural masculine starting with consonants except for Z or S. Gli: plural masculine starting with vowels, Z or S.
As someone who has learned Italian twice; once as a child while living there and once as an adult, state side, i have never thought of that stereotype connecting to the way italian is spoken. I will now try to look out for that and use it to help me learn. Thank you, that is so cool.
I believe that "i" is used when the word that follows is PLURAL . . . i ragazzi (the boys) as opposed to the SINGULAR il ragazzo = the boy. When the next word begins with a vowel, use l' (l'uomo). (Be sure to distinguish between the letters "l" and "i". This font makes the capital I (i) look the same as the lower case l (L). VERY confusing!!!
In the plural (ie more than one)...
i is used with masculine words beginning with most consonants:
i negozi=the shops i vini=the wines
gli with masculine words beginning with a vowel or with z or s + consonant:
gli uffici=the offices gli alberghi=the hotels
In English the definite article has only one form while in Italian it has different forms according to the gender, number (plural or not) and the first letter of the noun it precedes (like masculine nouns beginning with s and z). So if your masculine noun doesn't begin with s or z and is plural like ragazzi (boys) you use the plural i.
Singular masculine articles are il, l' and lo. You use il mostly with words beginning with consonants. I' is used with words beginning with a vowel and generally use lo with words begin with s and z. Plural masculine articles are i and gli. Just remember it this way: il - i, l' - gli and lo - gli. So il ragazzo (singular) becomes i ragazzi (plural). Why ragazzi? Remember this as well, generally: any singular words end with 'o', replace it with 'i' for plural. Any words end with 'e', replace it with 'i' and any words end with 'a' replace it with 'e'.
Example: Masculine il ragazzo - i ragazzi Il padre - i padri lo spagnolo - gli spagnoli lo zio - gli zii l'amico - gli amici I'ombrello - gli ombrelli
Click on the verb you will get an option to see its conjugaison, it goes like Io bevo, tu bevi, lei beve, noi beviamo, voi bevete , loro bevono.
You can always check on line, like here http://conjit.cactus2000.de/showverb.en.php?verb=bevere
I'm still frustrated by this 'I'm concept Susanne.But I asked my "live tutor" in class last night as she says it's to do with Masculine and Feminine nouns needing different endings. I agree however that Duolingo have been poor at explaining this notion so far,so as you rightly ask,how can we begin to understand and /or move forward with confidence?