Teaching Italian - Language notes - Un, uno, una, un'

Un, uno, una, un' can mean a/an or one.

un negozio
a shop
un ufficio
an office

Uno is used with masculine words beginning with z or s + consonant:

uno scontrino
a receipt
uno sbaglio
a mistake

Una is used with a feminine word beginning with a consonant:

una bottiglia
a bottle
una città
a town

un' with a feminine word beginning with a vowel:

an orange drink,
an hour

see also...
masculine - feminine

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