Definite Articles

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Definite Articles
(l’articolo determinativo)
Things to remember:

Definite articles express the idea of “THE”

The article you choose depends on if the NOUN is masculine or feminine and what letter it begins with.

Definite articles are used for both SINGULAR and PLURAL NOUNS
MASCULINE SINGULAR
Lo
used for:
MASCULINE PLURAL
Gli
used for:
L’
Il
FEMININE SINGULAR
La
L’
I
used for:
FEMININE PLURAL
Le
used for:
Definite Articles
(l’articolo determinativo)
Things to remember:

Definite articles express the idea of “THE”

The article you choose depends on if the NOUN is masculine or feminine and what letter it begins with.

Definite articles are used for both SINGULAR and PLURAL NOUNS
MASCULINE SINGULAR
Lo
L’
Il
FEMININE SINGULAR
La
L’
used for:
Mas. Sing. Noun beginning
with: Z , S+ CONS, GN, or
PS
Ie: lo zaino
Mas. Sing Noun beginning
with a vowel
Ie: l’alunno
Mas. Sing noun beginning
with any other consonant
Ie: il libro
used for:
Fem. Sing noun beginning
with any consonant
Ie: La studentessa
Fem. Sing noun beginning
with a vowel
Ie: l’alunna
MASCULINE PLURAL
Gli
O -> I
I
FEMININE PLURAL
Le
A - > E
used for:
Mas. Plur. Noun beginning
with: Z, S+CONS, GN, PS
OR any vowel
Ie: Gli zaini , gli alunni
 Plural form of both
LO and L’ (masc)
Mas. Plur. Noun beginning
with any other consonant
Ie: I libri
used for:
Fem. Plur. For every
feminine word
Ie: le studentesse
Ie: le alunne
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