hey, i have a very common question what pops up since level 1 every once in a while...

we have these pictures, where we should choose an article...

the is 'il' 'la' (sing. male and sing. female) and l' and lo (plural for a noun that start a vocal and for a noun without)...

aren't there any differences between male und female plural articles? and when do i use gli? oder le? thanks in advance

March 30, 2013


Hi! Sorry for my english, I'm italian. As you rightly said, "il" and "lo" are used for singular male nouns. "i" is the plural of "il", "gli" is the plural of "lo". "La" and "le" are singular and plural female nouns. To avoid mistakes, remember these simple rules:

1) with "il" all nouns that start with: B, C, D, F, G, L, M, N, P, R, S (+ vowel), T, V;

2) with "lo"all nouns with: P (+ consonant N or S, for example "PNeumatico"), S (+ consonant such as "STazione), Z;

3) with "i" the same thing of "il";

4) with "gli" the same thing of "lo";

5) with "la" and "le" any female word!

6) 90% of singular male nouns end with an "o"; singular female nouns with an "a";

7) 90% of plural male nouns end with an "i"; plural female nouns end with an "e";

I hope I have helped you! For other questions, please do not hesitate to ask me! Bye.

March 30, 2013

So it sounds as though, in general, a cluster of three consonant sounds is forbidden in Italian, and when putting "il" in front of a masculine noun would cause such a cluster (e. g. ILSTATSIONE), we substitute "lo".

December 14, 2013

I'm moving this to the the Italian discussion where other people from the community can weigh in.

March 31, 2013
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