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Difference between Il and Io


<pre> What's the difference between the following (Both are male and can be used with objects): </pre>

Lo stadio

Dov'è il libro?

February 17, 2013

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Once you know that the noun is male, you use:

  • L' before vowels (truncation of lo)

  • LO before impure s (i.e. s+consonant), pn, gn, ps, x, y, and z

  • IL otherwise.

Note that "before" here means exactly that, i.e. it only depends on the following letters and not on the noun the article refers to: to use your example "il mio stadio", "lo strano libro".

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