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Italian Language Lessons
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Italian Plural Nouns
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When forming the plural of Italian nouns, the vowel endings change to indicate a change in number. For regular masculine nouns that end in -o, the ending changes to -i in the plural.

The table below includes a few nouns to start with:

PLURAL FORMS OF ITALIAN MASCULINE NOUNS ENDING IN -O
SINGULAR PLURAL ENGLISH
fratello fratelli brothers
libro libri books
nonno nonni grandfather
ragazzo ragazzi boys
vino vini wine

Regular feminine nouns that end in -a take on -e endings in the plural.

PLURAL FORMS OF ITALIAN FEMININE NOUNS ENDING IN -A
SINGULAR PLURAL ENGLISH
casa case houses
penna penne pens
pizza pizze pizzas
ragazza ragazze girls
sorella sorelle sisters

When forming the plural of nouns ending in a consonant, such as words of foreign origin, only the article changes: il film/i film; la photo/le photo. Here are some exceptions to the rule for forming feminine plurals:

  • Feminine-noun ending -ea changes to -ee in the plural. For example: dea/dee (goddess/goddesses).
  • Feminine-noun ending -ca changes to -che in the plural. For example: amica/amiche (friend/friends). Remember that -che is pronounced as "keh" in Italian.
Finally, be aware that some nouns end in -e. The plural forms of these nouns will end in -i (regardless of whether these nouns are masculine or feminine).

PLURAL FORMS OF ITALIAN NOUNS ENDING IN -E
SINGULAR PLURAL ENGLISH
bicchiere bicchieri (wine) glass
chiave chiavi keys
fiume fiumi rivers
frase frasi phrases
padre padri fathers


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