The most used nouns: no. 003 UOMO

In this series, we're covering the most used nouns in the Italian language 
(I sostantivi più utilizzati nella lingua italiana)

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Uomo is the third most-used noun.  It means "man" which can refer to a literal adult male, or to "man" as in "mankind" or human beings in general.

It starts with a vowel, so to say "the man" you use " l' "

l'  + uomo = l'uomo

It is irregular in the plural, "men" is:


Again, because it starts with a vowel, to say "the men", you use "gli":

gli + uomini = gli uomini

In context:

L'UOMO Vogue magazine covers as seen on
L'UOMO is the aptly named Vogue magazine dedicated to men.

A: Vorrei un uomo leale, fedele, paziente, premuroso, altruista, calmo e che mi ascolti! B: Prendi un cane © Piraro 2004 as seen on
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Because this term can refer to both literal men, as well as mankind in general, it appears in many aforismi (aphorisms or maxims):

"L'uomo è condannato ad essere libero"
—Jean-Paul Sartre
Man is condemned to be free.

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