https://www.duolingo.com/Sofia_Williams

Boy and girl in Italian.

Hello

I am really confused with "ragazzi", "ragazzo" and "ragazza"!!

I do not know when they mean girl, when boy?

Can you help me with Italian feminine and masculine nouns

October 19, 2016

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/lmomomss

Well, Ragazza is a girl, and Ragazze is girls. Ragazzo is boy, and Ragazzi is boys. Usually, with nouns in Italian, you must replace an O with an I to make a masculine noun plural, and for a feminine noun, you usually replace A with E.

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Sofia_Williams

Thanks, I should have read tips and notes, but sometimes I confuse :(

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Ana-Chan16

La ragazza is feminine singular and the plural is le ragazze il ragazzo is masculine singular and the plural is i ragazzi la ragazza(a girl) le ragazze(the girls) il ragazzo(a boy) i ragazzi( the boys) I hope i can helped : )

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/BonBonChat

This is a complex thing in Italian, 4 different versions for most words, etc, but you will get used to it. Italian is beautiful and unique- so it's worth it.

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/KevanSF

I don't understand what you mean by Italian having "4 different versions for most words."

How is this any different from English?

Four English words: boy / boys / girl / girls = Four Italian words: ragazzo / ragazzi / ragazza / ragazze.

October 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Angliano

Quite right - almost. Actually it's 5 in English, 4 in Italian, because "ragazzi" can mean either "boys" or "boys and girls" (or these days "guys" for both males and females). If I say "Ragazzi, venite qui" it could be for either boys only or for boys and girls ("hey, you guys, come here!" or something like that). If I'm talking to girls only, then it's "Ragazze, venite qui!". Note that if there are 99 girls and 1 boy, then you use "ragazzi". Strangely enough, it would sound very sexist to say "ragazze" if there is one boy among them.

October 21, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/w.destinee

Ciao, bella! lol we have the same last name, and are learning the same language! Ragazza means a girl, or the girl. Ragazze means girls. I followed you, so follow back?

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Francy-Chan

Ragazza (girl)

Ragazze (girls)

Ragazzo (boy)

Ragazzi (boys)

Bambino (child male)

Bambina (child female)

Bambini (children )

Bambine (children females)

October 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/maiitalian

usually the singular masculine form in italian ends with (o) like ragazzo bambino(baby boy) but the plural masculine form with (i) raggazi bambini baby boys singular feminine form ends with (a) raggaza bambina (baby girl) plural feminine ends with (e) ragazze bambine (baby girls) i hope my answer is useful for you

October 20, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DemigodKnight

Think of it this way. Whenever there is ragazzi it means boys. Because ragazzo means boy so instead of a o at the end there is a i so it shows that it means boys plural. Then ragazza means girl. There is no o at the end so since there is an a you can tell the differnece between the three phrases

October 20, 2016
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