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Different between Nello and Nel?

Why we write "I Ragazzi scrivono NEL libro" but write "L'acqua è NELLO zucchero" while "Zucchero" and "Libro" are all masculine nouns?

September 29, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tomk123

Yes, but "zucchero" starts with "z".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/levubachduong

Yes I think the difference is IL libro and LO zucherro


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ji603

Exactly. Nel and nello are contractions of nel + il/lo. If you would use lo (masculine noun ending in s or z) then the 'in' becomes nello. Nel libro. Nello zaino, etc.

Same principle with nei/negli- just with i/gli


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pixelstuff

masculine nouns that begin with x, y, z, s+consonant, ps or gn get the "lo" and "gli" in the plural forms


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/levubachduong

Very kind of you to help me

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