Discovering the definite Italian articles easily
Let’s find out together the definitive Italian articles. Are you wondering what they are?
As you can see they are different in number and in the genre.
The articles in Italian follow the genre and the number of the name – they can be in this way;
Let’s see the masculine singular form and some example to better understand
Il libro – the book
Lo scoiattolo – The squirrel
Use Lo when the name in front of you starts with these letters.
- Gn – Lo gnomo -The Gnome
- Io – Lo iodio -The Iodine
- Ps – lo psicologo -The psychologist
- s + consonant (sb, sc, sd … sp, st, sv) z x – Lo student -The student
We also have two forms for the masculine plural. Warning. There are two forms for the masculine version
i is the plural for il
Gli is the plural of “lo.” You can use it (as the singular version) in the following cases:
It is the plural of lo, and is therefore used with names beginning with;
- Gn – Gli gnomi -The Gnomes
- Io – Gli iodi -The Iodines
- Ps – Gi psicologi – The psychologists
- s + consonante (sb, sc, sd … sp, st, sv) z x – Lo student -The student
Let’s now know the feminine;
The singular is;
La sedia – The chair
If the name starts with a vowel, the apostrophe is used.
L’amica – The friend
Here the plural feminine;
Le sedie – The chairs
Le amiche – The friend
No difference even if the name begins with a vowel
What about to sum up all?
- la – feminine singular article
- le – plural singular article
- il – masculin singular article
- lo- masculin singular article
- i – masculin plural article
- gli- masculin plural article
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