Pluralization in Italian,

(talking about more than one thing)

So far in this series, we've talked about indefinite and definite articles and how they change depending on the noun they are modifying.

We've only been using singular nouns so far but what if we want to talk about more than one thing?  For that, we need to learn the plural forms of nouns.  

Don't worry, it's easy! Just print out the worksheet on page 9 of the BASICS Digital Workbook (link below) and let's get pluralizing!

(New to this series?… You may want to start with…)

   (1) Indefinite Articles(How to say "A/AN")
   (2) Definite Articles (singular)(How to say "THE")

Compare to English:

In English, the general rule of pluralization is to add "s" to the end of the noun.

the dog -> the dogs
the cat -> the cats
the boy -> the boys
the girl -> the girls

There are some spelling changes and exceptions to this rule, but more often than not, it works.

Pluralization Patterns: 

Similarly, Italian also follows rules that work most of the time, but instead of adding a letter, the final vowel of the word changes:

Italian pluralization patterns, Italian plurals: o to i, gatto to gatti; a to e, farfalla to farfalle, e to i, cane to cani;

Exceptions to the rule:

As I said before, the above works most of the time, but there are exceptions.  [More on this later!]

If you haven't done so already, fill-in the "Notes" section of the Pluralization worksheet on page 9 of  the Italian Basics digital workbook and then complete the short exercises at the bottom of the page! (Submit your answers by email for free corrections!)

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  The Beginner's Italian Grammar Series, starting with:


  1. Great. Great worksheet. Thanks, Alex!

  2. I didn't know this about Italian plurals. Thanks, Alex!


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