Changing a Noun from Singular to Plural

All Italian nouns have a gender. They are either masculine or feminine. The vast majority of Italian nous will in an ‘o’ if they are masculine and an ‘a’ if they are feminine. To make a word plural you don’t add an ‘s’ as we do in English. In most cases the final ‘o’ changes to ‘i’ for masculine words and the final ‘a’ changes to an ‘e’ for feminine words.


Singular Ending Plural Ending Singular Ending Plural Ending
Masculine o i Feminine a e
e i e i

 

Like most languages, there are many foreign words in the Italian language. Many of these words like film and computer just stay the same in both the singular and plural form. However, the article will still change. So “il film” changes to “i film” and “il computer” changes to “i computer”.


 

The same rule applies to nouns ending in an accented vowel such as “il caffè”. Again, only the article changes so “il caffè” becomes “i caffè”.


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