"L'Italia è in Europa."

Translation:Italy is in Europe.

April 1, 2013



When is Europa used with an article, and when without? All the previous sentences had 'nell'Europa'...

April 1, 2013


If the other examples show a pattern, it would seems like "in + country" doesn't require the article

October 1, 2013


Let's just be clear that Europe is a continent, not a country. But anyway, I found this discussion, which I think is very helpful ;)

June 14, 2014


It sounds like è n‘Europa

February 24, 2014


There was nell'Asia in previous lesson, so why not nell'Europa, when we're just referring to the continent without any 'movement'?

August 23, 2014


Just like how the word "Europe" doesn't require "an" in front of it. I think it follows that method.

May 15, 2015


and Harold is in Italy

September 25, 2015


So what's the use of the L? The Italy? It isn't that nesessary right?

May 13, 2016


According to Treccani (http://www.treccani.it/enciclopedia/nomi-propri-prontuario_%28Enciclopedia-dell%27Italiano%29/), there are no strict rules mandating the use of the article preceding toponyms, but there are rules of thumb:

  • Normally, you won't add the article for names of cities/towns or small islands, unless the name itself contains the article (eg. Los Angeles)
  • Names of rivers, lakes, mountains and large islands "want" the article. Also names of archipelagos (eg. "le Hawaii"). For cities/towns it will be added when you're refering to a part of it, when you're talking about historical times (la Roma imperiale), or when adding attributes to the name (la splendida Parigi).
  • Finally, country names "want" the article (L'Italia, La Norvegia), but there are special cases where you drop it or it may be optional (see the examples in the last paragraph of the article)
May 13, 2016


Hawaii may not be the best example as it is both an archipelago and a State / governmental subdivision...unless the rule is the same for both?

July 29, 2017


Indeed, but it still applies: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawaii You'll see "le Hawaii" everywhere. They include it even in the name for the former Kingdom: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regno_delle_Hawaii

I guess the fact that it is an archipelago takes precedence?

Edit: but remember that those are rules of thumb, anyway.

July 29, 2017


Well, that's a surprise!

August 12, 2017


Fast version has no 'è' in it

September 23, 2017
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