Italian Plural

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Italian Plural

Learning the Italian Plural displayed below is vital to the language. Italian Plurals are grammatical numbers, typically referring to more than one of the referent in the real world. In the English language, singular and plural are the only grammatical numbers.

To form the plural of nouns and adjectives in Italian we add i for the masculine and e for the feminine.

Ex. NOUNS: il libro (the book) à i libri (the books); la mela (the apple) à le mele (the apples)

     ADJECTIVES: bello (“beautiful”, referred to a male subject) à belli; bella (“beautiful”, referred to female subject) à belle

Notice: When the noun/adjective (being it feminine or masculine) ends with –e, the plural form is –i both for masculine and feminine.

Ex. NOUNS: il conte (the earl) à i conti (the earls); la fonte (the source) à le fonti (the 

     sources)

     ADJECTIVES: interessante (“interesting”, both for male and female subjects) à interessanti

Here are some more examples:

English PluralItalian Plural
PluralPlurale
my bookil mio libro
my booksi miei libri
our daughternostra figlia
our daughtersle nostre figlie
I'm coldHo freddo
we're coldabbiamo freddo
his chickensi suoi polli
their chickeni loro polli

Notice the structure of the Plural in Italian has a logical pattern. Locate the Plural above and see how it works with the rest of the sentence in Italian.

Grammar Tips:

While in English, the plural is formed by adding (s) to the singular. In Italian, to form the plural of nouns and adjectives we change the final vowel of the words according to the gender and the number. Here are some examples:

 

Un amico (a friend) becomes: alcuni amici (some friends)

Una donna (one woman) becomes: alcune donne (some women)

Questa è la mia auto rossa (this is my red car) becomes: Queste sono le mie auto rosse (these are my red cars)

There are some exceptions both for nouns and for adjectives, e.g. “auto” has no plural.


List of Plurals in Italian

Below is a list of the Plurals and Singulars in Italian placed in a table. Memorizing this table will help you add very useful and important words to your Italian vocabulary.

English PluralItalian Plural
alligatoralligatore
alligatorsalligatori
bearorso
bearsorsi
birduccello
birdsuccelli
bulltoro
bullstori
catgatto
catsgatti
cowmucca
cowsmucche
deercervo
many deermolti cervi
dogcane
dogscani
donkeyasino
donkeysasini
eagleaquila
eaglesaquile
elephantelefante
elephantselefanti
giraffegiraffa
giraffesgiraffe
goatcapra
goatscapre
horsecavallo
horsescavalli
lionleone
lionsleoni
monkeyscimmia
monkeysscimmie
mousetopo
micetopi
rabbitconiglio
rabbitsconigli
snakeserpente
snakesserpenti
tigertigre
tigerstigri
wolflupo
wolveslupi

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