why is "gli" used for "gli elefanti mangiano il pane"

isnt gli only for when the word after starts with a Z or S and is plural?

July 12, 2013


No gli is used in front of plurals that begin with vowels.

July 12, 2013

so this is what i have so far, am i correct?


Il- (s) consonant

I-(pl) consonant

l' - (s) vowel

Lo - (.s) starting with Z or S

Gli - (pl) vowel or Z or S


La -(s)

L' -(s) vowel

Le -(pl)

July 13, 2013

Correct mio amico... for the most part.

look at the links posted by CreyB

July 14, 2013

lo is used when a word begins with "s" followed by a consonant, not just any noun beginning with "s". You can find some summation rules at Some more advanced rules can also be found at

July 14, 2013
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