"The strawberry is in the sugar."

Translation:La fragola è nello zucchero.

June 27, 2013

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combinations of prepositions with definite articles follow the rules for the definite articles. Since "lo" is used for nouns beginning with "z" or "s" followed by a consonant, we have nello here (IN + LO = NELLO). Nel is used where the definite article is "il" (IN + IL + NEL).

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    so use nello before "s" or "z" word?


    Sorry, I should be more specific. Use "lo" before singular masculine nouns beginning with "z" (lo zio, but la zia) and before singular masculine nouns beginning with "s" followed by a consonant (lo spuntino, but il secolo and la strega). You can find some information on the definite articles here: http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare110a.htm I highly recommend spending time really learning the definite articles and their uses in Italian--I consider it a foundational part of the language, as a lot of other things are based on it (indefinite articles, possessive adjectives, and as you are seeing here, forms of the prepositions to name some).


    iacjos, CreyB: And for a chart of prepositional articles (nello, sullo, etc.): http://italian.about.com/library/nosearch/nblfare153a.htm


    Must say... People try to tell you in high school that Latin is useless because nobody speaks it anymore... But i took Latin for two years and now learning Italian is way easier than i figure it would have been otherwise. I think Romanian might be next...

    [deactivated user]

      Why do we use nel vs nello?


      thanks I was wondering about that


      Why do you use la vs. il here?


      Ciao! It's because the noun, fragola, is feminine so you would use the feminine definitive article (la)


      What's the difference between nel and nello?

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