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?
so this is what i have so far, am i correct?
Il- (s) consonant
l' - (s) vowel
Lo - (.s) starting with Z or S
Gli - (pl) vowel or Z or S
L' -(s) vowel
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 http://italian.about.com/library/fare/blfare110a.htm Some more advanced rules can also be found at http://italian.about.com/od/grammar/a/italian-definite-articles.htm