Italian: Grammar > Nouns
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
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'.
la ragazza = the girl
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
The suffix does not always indicate the gender of nouns, therefore it is adviseable to learn each noun with its article.
una ragazza = the girl