In Italian language every noun has a gender, it’s either Masculine or Feminine.
Guideline: If the word ends with -O it’s usually Masculine, if it ends with -A it’s usually Feminine. Words that ends with -E the gender is Unknown. But there are exceptions, let’s figure out.
L’UOMO – LA CASA
GELATO – MACCHINA
SUGO – CASALINGA
MARITO – TAVOLA
TAVOLO – MATTINA
ARMADIO – PENNA
LETTO – SPUGNA
Words that ends with -E the gender is Unknown.
There are 2 ways to guess the gender of these words.
1. By the articles or adjectives used.
2. By the context.
Let’s find some Patterns that will help you predict the gender.
Any words that ends with the following it is always Feminine.
-ZIONE / -SIONE – (Ex: La stazione, La passione)
-UDINE – (Ex: Un’abitudine, Una consuetudine)
-ITÀ – (Ex: La città, La qualità)
-ISTA – BOTH (Ex: Un giornalista, Una giornalista)
Any words that ends with the following it is always Masculine.
-ONE – (Ex: Il maglione, Il pallone, Il copione)
-MA – it is more likely to be Masculine.