UNDERSTANDING ITALIAN NOUN GENDER – Live Interactive Lesson

By Manu Venditti | Advanced

Jan 28

UNDERSTANDING ITALIAN NOUN GENDER – Live Interactive Lesson

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.

Examples:

MASCULINE - FEMININE
( Ends with -O ) ( Ends with -A )

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.

Examples:

IL CANE (the dog) = Masculine
LA CHIAVE (the key) = Feminine

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.

QUESTION

Are foreign words masculine or feminine?
-- There’s a tendency for them to be Masculine but there’s no guarantee, so they often end up to be Feminine. Usually it corresponds to the gender of the word it’s replacing in the original language, or gender of the Italian equivalent.

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