"The birds are yellow."
Translation:Gli uccelli sono gialli.
I'm unclear as to when I'm supposed to use i for plural and gli... Is it i cani or gli cani, etc.?
it is "i cani".
- Lo (pl. gli) is used before masculine nouns beginning with s + consonant (lo stivale = the boot), z (zoo),gn, ps, pn, x and y.
- L’ (pl. gli) is used before masculine nouns beginning with a vowel.
- Il (pl. i) is used before masculine nouns beginning with all other consonants.
for more examples check: http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare110a.htm
dnovinc, I'm giving you a lingot because of your excellent explanation. However, what is the rule about "I," as in "I gatti?"
http://www.uvm.edu/~cmazzoni/3grammatica/grammatica/articles.html A good explaintion of a lot of he crazy itailian grammer
When the noun ends in "i," then any adjectives (gialli/yellow) and articles (Gli/the)that go with it also end in "i."