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Italian: Grammar > Nouns

Map of Italy
Source: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/


Italian nouns are classified in genders: masculine and feminine. The gender of a nouns is always indicated by the definite or indefinite article, which is placed in front of the nouns, and also usually by the suffix (ending). For example:

il ragazzo = the boy
la ragazza = the girl
In the example above, il is the definite masculine article, and the suffix -o is the suffix indicating the masculine gender. Before a vowel the definite masculine article is l'.
In the example above, la is the definite masculine article, and the suffix -a is the suffix indicating the masculine gender. Before a vowel the definite feminine article is l'.

The indefinite article is formed by the particles un and una, which are placed in front of the nouns. For example:

un ragazzo = the boy
una ragazza = the girl
The suffix does not always indicate the gender of nouns, therefore it is adviseable to learn each noun with its article.

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