Italian Definite Articles + Practice Quiz

Do you know how to use Italian Definite Articles correctly? Learn how to do just that with me today and practice with a little quiz at the end of the article.



In English you have THE, in Italian, we have: IL, LO, LA, I, GLI, LE, L'. Do you know how to choose the correct one? Well, it's very easy. In Italian we choose the correct definite article based on three things: gender and number of the word, and the first few letters of the word itself.


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1. Masculine definite articles

  • IL = masculine singular nouns starting with a consonant (il libro, il mare, il ristorante)

  • LO = masculine singular nouns starting with s+consonant and z (lo zaino, lo studente, lo spagnolo). These are the most common ones but we would also use LO with words starting with ps, pn, gn, x and y. However, words starting with these letters are less common.

  • L’ = masculine singular words starting with a vowel (l’amico, l’asino)

  • I = masculine plural nouns starting with a consonant (i libri, i ristoranti)

  • GLI = masculine plural nouns starting with a vowel or s+consonant, z and all the other letters we’ve seen with LO (gli zaini, gli srtudenti, gli amici)


2. Feminine definite articles

  • LA = feminine singular nouns starting with a consonant (la scuola, la palestra)

  • L’ = feminine singular nouns starting with a vowel (l’amica)

  • LE = all plural feminine nouns (le scuole, le palestre, le amiche)


3. Final quiz



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A presto,


Stefano

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