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Al vs ai

What is the difference between the sentences "L'uomo legge ai ragazzi" and "L'uomo legge al ragazzi"

June 19, 2013

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Oh wait I figured it out, but I'll leave it in case someone else has the same doubt. Apparently, correct me if I'm wrong but "al" is the contraction a+il which meant "to the(singular)" and "ai" is the contraction a+i which means "to the(plural)".

June 19, 2013

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Yes, you are correct, but note the mistake in your initial question, since "al" is used for singular forms of masculine nouns then it should be "al ragazzo".

also:

  • if you have a masculine noun beginning with a vowel then it is a + l' = all' (all'uccello = to the bird), plural article of l' is "gli" so it is "a + gli" (agli uccelli)
  • if you have a masculine noun beginning with s+consonant (a+lo = allo stivale = to the boot) , z (allo zoo) pl. of "lo" is "gli" (agli stivali, agli zoo (stays zoo since its an invariable noun)
June 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/learningrichmom

thank you, very helpful!

July 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/SLM1342

this was really helpful! thanks.

June 25, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/b177513637

Put me down for a thanks (to dnovinc) as well...very helpful.

September 7, 2013

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