Teaching Italian - Language notes - Masculine / feminine

il centro, il monumento
il bicchiere, il bar
the centre, the monument
the glass, the bar
la spiaggia, la bottiglia
la notte, la crisi
the beach, the bottle
the night, the crisis

Nouns, i.e. the words for people, things, places and ideas, are all either masculine (m.) or feminine (f.) in Italian. It is important to know whether a noun is masculine or feminine because there are m. and f. words for "a" and "the", and m. and f. versions of adjectives (describing words).

A useful general rule to remember is that, nearly always, nouns ending in -o are masculine and nouns ending in -a are feminine. Nouns ending in other letters can be either.

see also...
il, lo, l', la, i, gli, le
un, uno, una, un'

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