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Why are there two words, "i gatti" and "le gatte" to express cats ?

Why are there two words, "i gatti" and "le gatte" to express cats ? What is difference ?

Any comments would help me, thanks.

February 28, 2013



"i gatti" are masculine cats, "le gatte" are feminine cats. "cats" can be translated as both.

Anyway, it is common practice to refer to generic cats as "gatto" (singular) or "gatti" (plural) if you don't know their gender.

February 28, 2013


Thank you for kindly comment, marziotta!

You mean there are two words depends on their gender, if so, how about for dogs, "cani" ?

I guess "le cane" means female dogs, and "i cani" means male, is it correct ?

February 28, 2013


Il gatto = the cat (singular for a male cat)

I gatti = cats (plural for cats)

La gatta = ( singular for female cat)

Le gatte = (plural for a female cat)

Il gatto nero (the black cat, masculine)

I gatti neri (the black cats, masculine)

La gatta nera (the black cat, feminine)

Le gatte nere (the black cats, feminine)

June 26, 2013


nice one jag1949! thanks for the summary!

August 27, 2013


i am crying.../_\

November 28, 2018


le gatte means only female cats. i gatti is used when there are a thousand female, and one male. like ragazzi means kids, people, not just boys. but ragazze can only be used for girls.

January 1, 2014


"i gatti" is masculine, meaning that you would be addressing a male cat, or a man/boy would be saying that pharse. Same goes for "le gatte". I remember the word "le" as a woman I know, named Leyla. You can do something similar to help you remember.

September 27, 2013


wow malia real classic to talk about

September 27, 2013


Awesome thanks!

October 31, 2013

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