The Rosetta Stone Challenge - Italian


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Plural Nouns

There are two ways to make plural nouns in Italian. In most cases you change the ending, but in a few cases the same form as the singular is used. There are also some nouns with irregular plural forms. We'll first look at nouns that change their endings when in the plural forms:

1. Nearly all masculine nouns change the -o, -a or -e ending to -i.
    anno - year → anni - years
    ciclista - cyclist → ciclisti - cyclists
    francese - Frenchman → francesi - Frenchmen
    mese - month → mesi - months
    problema - problem → problemi - problems
    ragazzo - boy → ragazzi - boys

2. Feminine nouns change the -a ending to -e.
    settimana - week → settimane - weeks
    ragazza - girl → ragazze - girls

3. Feminine nouns ending in -e change it to -i.
    inglese - Englishwoman → inglesi - Englishwomen
    vite - vine → viti - vines

4. If a nouns ends in or a consonant, the ending does not change:
    film → film
    manager → manager
    computer → computer
    jeep → jeep
    città → le città