Singular nouns – i nomi al singolare

Italian nouns (i nomi) always end in a vowel.
All nouns in Italian have a gender (il genere); they are either masculine or feminine, even those referring not to people but to things, qualities, or ideas.

Generally, nouns ending in -o are masculine: l’amico (friend), il bambino (kid), il treno (train).

And nouns ending in –a/à or ù are feminine: l’amica (female friend), la bambina (female kid), la sincerità (sincerity), la gioventù (youth).

Nouns ending in –e/è may be masculine or feminine.
The gender of these nouns must be memorized.
Some examples:
masculine: lo studente (student), il ristorante (restaurant), il caffè (coffee).
feminine: l’automobile (car), la notte (night), l’arte (art).
Nouns ending in –i/ì may be masculine or feminine. The gender of these nouns must be memorized. Some examples:
masculine nouns: lo sci (ski), il brindisi (toast), il lunedì (Monday).
feminine nouns: l’oasi (oasi), l’analisi (analysis).

Nouns that end in a consonant are of foreign origin usually are masculine: il bar, l’autobus (bus), il film, lo sport.

In the following chart you can find more examples and some exceptions (unfortunately, Italian is full of exceptions to the rule)
word gender


Now that you know the rules of the Italian articles and nouns, you are able to write the correct definite article or the correct ending of these nouns (pay attention to the exceptions!).

1.La lezion…..
2. ….. problema
3. ….. bontà
4. Il cugin…..
5. ….. formaggio
6. …. papà
7. La carn….
8. ….. giovedì
9. …. salame
10. …. mano

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