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The logic of “lo”. When to use it?

“ lo zoo”, but “il tavolo”?

March 5, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diecidieci

Articles have to match gender and number of the noun they refer to.

The singular determinate articles (the) are:

Lo - masculine, used before Z, S+consonant, GN, and some rarer consonant clusters.

Il - masculine, used before consonants except the above.

La - feminine, used before all consonants.

L' - an elision of the above used before vowels.

March 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CivisRomanus

Articles have to match gender and number of the noun they refer to.

There is one more rule: articles have to match phonetically the following word, which can be the noun itself, or some other word (e.g. an adjective).
That's why there are seven articles all together (counting l' as an individual one), instead of only four (masculine singular, feminine singular, masculine plural, feminine plural).

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lola651219

Thanks !

March 6, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lola651219

Thanks ! Also a reminder to check the Tips and Notes. 10 lingots for your help .

March 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/diecidieci

No problem! Thank you :)

March 6, 2019
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