The Rosetta Stone Challenge - Italian

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Definite Articles

Before using the definite article, you will need to ask yourself which form of the definite article should you use?

1. Is the noun of masculine gender?

2. Is the noun of feminine gender?

If the word begins with a vowel, whether masculine or feminine, the articles are shortened to l'

l'albergo - the hotel
l'amica - the friend
l'arancia - the orange
l'ospedale - the hospital