'Nel' and 'Nello'
Why is it sometimes 'nel' and sometimes 'nello' example: La zuppa e nel piatto and L'ape e nello zucchero??
P.S. Please excuse my Italian (No accents)
"Nello" is used for those nouns that have "lo" as the definite article because they are masculine and start with "z" and others*), like "lo zucchero" --> "nello zucchero".
"Nel" is used for those masculine nouns that have "il" as the definite article: "il piatto" --> "nel piatto".
*) Explained in this thread: https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/27394182/Why-lo-zucchero-not-il-zucchero
I think the main problem with giving only links is that not all websites can be reached by all learners. In some countries, only certain sites are allowed, for example.
Therefore, it is always a good idea to write the main information right into the post here. Then, whoever can read on Duolingo can also see the relevant information.
www.woodwarditalian.com/lesson/definite-articles-in-italian/ I found this very useful.