"The girl writes to the boy."
Translation:La ragazza scrive al ragazzo.
Al is one of the compound prepositions (it's the fusion of a+il), and those follow the rules of the article, i.e. al/allo, alla, ai/agli, alle.
There is a nice table at http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare153a.htm
It only misses the compounds of "con" (only "col" is actually used, but optional).
No, "al" is only use for masculine words, you use "alla" for femenin, in this case is: "alla ragazza"
Bambina/bambino mean young girl/boy, probably under 10. Ragazza/Ragazzo are generally used for teenagers, often up to mid twenties. Ragazzina/Ragazzino are also used for the roughly 10-15 'tweens'.
I guess it all comes down to context. It would be fairly unusual for an 8 year old girl to write to an 8 year old boy, writing letters is generally something teenagers do.
The last time I got a question like this is marked me wrong for writing "al" instead of "ai". So this time I wrote "ai" and it marked me wrong saying it should be "al". What gives?!
2018-06-13 For those with this same question: al is a + il, meaning "to the [singular masculine noun]"; ai is a + i, meaning "to the [plural masculine noun]". The corresponding feminine forms are alla and alle, respectively.
i feel like mine is also a right way to say it because i never learned la bimba but it still marked me wrong
2018-06-13 Because the 3rd person singular indicative (that is, simply stating a fact) is scrive. The form scriva has a different use, that we haven't learned yet in Basics 2.
It keeps telling me the correct word for boy is bambino, when it should be ragazzi!!
- Bambino is a young boy, up to the early teens
- Ragazzino is a boy in his early teens (if he complains about being called bambino)
- Ragazzo is a teenager boy or a young man (or even a man, uomo sometimes is a charged word)
Ragazzi is the plural of ragazzo, or a group with mixed genders.
Io escrivo Tu escrivi Lui/Lei escrive Noi escriviamo Voi escrivete Loro escrivono
Yes "il" is droped because "al" means "to the" thus the "il" would be redundant
What is the difference between scrivete and scrive? I'm sorry if i spelled anything wrong
2018-06-13 The first, scrivete, is 2nd person plural: "you all write". The second, scrive, is 3rd person singular: "she writes".
il ragazzo=the boy al ragazzo=the boy Whats the difference? (and don't tell me the i and the a)
Indeed "il ragazzo" = " the boy", but "al ragazzo" = "to the boy". "al" is the contraction of "a+il". You can read more about prepositions which merge with articles in the "Tips and Notes" of chapter "Basics 2" (website).