Italian grammar: Gender of Italian nouns by ending

The gender of nouns in Italian established by changing the ending

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One of the ways to identify the gender of a noun is to check the ending of the word:

1. Nouns ending in "-o":

In Italian, the vast majority of nouns ending in "-o" are masculine.

Examples:
il libro (the book), lo zaino (the backpack).


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2. Nouns ending in "-a":

In Italian, most of the nouns ending in "-a" are feminine.

Examples: la rosa (the rose), la casa (the house).

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3. Nouns ending in "-e":

In Italian, in general, nouns ending in "-e" can be either masculine or feminine.

Examples:
il mare (the sea), il dente (the tooth), la nave (the ship), la mente (the mind).


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4. Nouns ending in "-i":

In Italian, most of the nouns ending in "-i" are feminine.

Examples: la crisi (the crisis), l'analisi (the analysis), l'enfasi (the emphasis).

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5. Nouns ending in "-tà" and "-tù":

In Italian, all nouns ending in "-tà" and "-tù" are feminine.

Examples: La felici (the happiness), la gioven (the youth), etc...


6. Nouns ending in a consonant:

In Italian, in general, the nouns ending in a consonant are of foreign origin and they are masculine.

Examples: Lo sport (the sport), il bar (the bar), il computer (the computer), il toast (the toast), l'autobus (the bus), etc.

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Posted by Arnaldo Colonna on Jaunary 7, 2010 - All rights reserved


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