Friday, January 12, 2018

The plural of nouns in Italian



Now let's see the plural forms. Their formation is quite simple:

  • in most cases masculine nouns end in - i, e.g.  il tavolo >  i tavoli
  • feminine ones will have an ending in -e  la casa > le case
As for those that end in -e, therefore can be both masculine and feminine, the right ending is i.

Another group  has to be mentioned: nouns ending in a consonant or in a letter with accent mark such as caffè, virtù, città, yogurt etc. You don't need to bother with their endings for they are invariable in plural, so they remain the same as in singular form. Simply put an article in plural form before the noun.
> i caffè, le virtù, le città, gli yogurt 


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Fill in the nouns in plural form

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

The definite article

Italian nouns can be either masculine or feminine. Normally masculine nouns end in an "o", while feminine ones end in an "a". However both can end in an "e" as well and can be either masculine or feminine.


Italian definite articles

L'articolo determinativo

Masculine singular definite article                                             Masculine singular definite article

il tavolo   the table                                                                          la camera    the room
il mare     the sea                                                                             la chiave     the key

lo zaino   the backpack

There is "lo" before each noun starting with 
  •  z, gn,  ps, pn
  • s+consonant
nouns ending in à are usually masculine
il sofà

l'amico   friend                                                                                l'amica   girlfriend                                                                                     
There is "l'" before each noun starting with a consonant regardless of its gender

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tante idee..... per (far) apprendere l'italiano


Mastering a language doesn't only mean passing a written test with excellent results but being able to use it in common everyday situations. Speaking is essential during a language lesson.
With  the help of this book, using it  together with a course book, you can pick up Italian more  easily.  It doesn't separate grammar from speaking skills: through its grammar activities you are motivated to communicate as well -  ideally it would be the basic purpose of each course book. That's why I find this book extremely helpful.
Can be used from beginner to pre-intermediate levels.

Angela Anelli
Tante idee... per (far) apprendere l’italiano
Livello: A1-B1

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Andiamo!


The conjugation of the verb 'andare' (to go).

 'andare' belongs to the group of irregular verbs.
 (io) vado      (noi) andiamo
(tu) vai          (voi) andate
(lui/lei) va     (loro) vanno

Complete each sentence with the conjugated form of 'andare'
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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Imperative mood -L'imperativo


This time I collect the most frequently used verbs whose forms in imperative mood are invariable and don't come to mind easily without thinking.
Infinitive Verb singular 2nd person plural 2nd person
volere (to want) vogli vogliate
essere (to be) sii siate
sapere (to know) sappi sappiate
avere (to have) abbi abbiate
andare (to go) andate
dare (to give) date
uscire (to exit, to go out, to leave) esci uscite
dire (to say) dite
stare (to be, to stay) stà state