"The cake on the plate is ours."
Translation:La torta nel piatto è la nostra.
'nel' is a combination of 'in' + 'il', while 'nello' is a combination of 'in' + 'lo'. Basically two different articles in the second part. 'Lo' is used before masculine words that start with 'z', or 's' + consonant. 'Il' is used before masculine words that start with any other consonant.
I am totally, totally confused by this! It makes no sense to me at all, the nostrA/nostrE word endings. Having had a stroke, I do have difficulty in understanding some things but I'd been doing really well until this section. I don't want to give up but my head feels ready to explode! Can anyone help with a simple 'rule' for this, that might be easier for me to understand?