"The elephant is an animal."
Translation:L'elefante è un animale.
- La (pl. le) is used before feminine nouns beginning with any consonant.
- L’ (pl. le) is used before feminine nouns beginning with a vowel.
for more check http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare110a.htm
The way we learnt it in school was that nouns ending with:
O is singular male, becomes I for plural: il ragazzo, Paolo; i ragazzi.
A is singular female, becomes E for plural: la ragazza, Paola; le ragazze.
E is singular for either and becomes I for plural: il limone, i limoni; la discussione, le discussioni
Sometimes the article before the noun will clarify the gender and if the word is singular or plural but as a note, some words which are male/female can in fact be reversed if we are talking specifically about the gender. For an example, the cat, which we have learnt to be male singular word can also be female singular and so the plural forms also reflect on the gender: il gatto, i gatti; la gatta, le gatte. For the most part the male plural form is used to talk about mixed gender groups: I gatti, I ragazzi, etc. I guess in the same way we would say we are human/men if we described our species even if we are female.
A = feminine singular E = feminine plural O = masculine I = masculine plural I’m the one the one the one who is a kid that knows Italian. I’ve been here for a six months... sakr tle? Jibberish.-.