Italian nouns

Jemma

Jemma

Ciao,

ho una domanda a chiedere

Does it follow that every Italian noun that ends with -o means that it is a Masculine noun and vice versa, nouns that end with -a imply that they belong to the feminine?
Example: il zaino, il bagno, il mano, il tavolo

Grazie!
 
Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Lucia - Rocket Languages Tutor

Hi Rachelyeo,

Yes, the great majority of nouns ending in -o is masculine, and the great majority of nouns ending in -a is feminine.

Not all of them, though. Some nouns are irregular: la mano. It ends in -o, but it's a feminine noun.

Make sure to memorize the gender of the word along with the noun itself!

Lucia
LuzM18

LuzM18

I finished a lesson where il tavolo is mentioned.  All along I thought it was la tavola. That is how it was taught in the first lessons having to do with pronouns and gender.  What is the difference?  Thank you, Luz

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

caterina-rocket-italian-tutor

Hi LuzM18, 

Thanks for your question!
Depending on the context, "table" could be both tavolo (masculine) and tavola (feminine).
As a general rule, tavolo  is the generic word for table as "piece of furniture".
You would use "tavolo" in phrases like the following ones:
- Questo tavolo è davvero grande! = This table is really big!
- Il gatto ha graffiato il tavolo. = The cat scratched the table.

If you are referring to a table that is set for a meal, you would use the word "tavola".
For instance, you would say:
- Vieni a tavola, il pranzo è pronto! = Come to the table, lunch is ready!
- Porta la caraffa in tavola, grazie! = Bring the jug to the table, thanks!

Hope this helps :) 

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