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Elizabeth Soto asked 23 Sep 11

masc. fem adjectives

If “caffè” is masculine then, why is it quel caffè instead of quello caffè. Esercizio, regione, sciatore, and pianist are masc. or fem?

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Salvatore Saja answered 23 Sep 11

"Quello" [ in all of its forms ] is a compound adjective [ "Que" + article ], so it follows the same rules of articles.

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1. Words beginning with "normal" consonant
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"Quello" is used like the article "il"

e.g.:

"Gatto" [ Male cat ]

"Il gatto" [ Singular ]
"Quel gatto" [ Singular ]

"I gatti" [ Singular ]
"Quei gatti" [ Plural ]

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2. Words beginning with "Z" OR "S"+consonant OR "PS" OR "PN"
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"Quello" is used like the article "lo"

"Stendardo" [ Banner, Standard ]

"Lo stendardo" [ Singular ]
"Quello stendardo" [ Singular ]

"Gli stendardi" [ Plural ]
"Quegli stendardi" [ Plural ]

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1. Words beginning with vowel
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"Quello" is used like the article "l’"

"Istrice" [ Porcupine ]

"L'istrice"
"Quell'istrice"

"Gli istrici"
"Quegli istrici"

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Salvatore Saja answered 23 Sep 11

Just a correction to rule #2...

2. Words beginning with "Z" OR "S"+consonant OR "PS" OR "PN" OR "GN" or "Y"

...and an addition tu rule #3

"Quegli istrici" OR "Quegl'istrici"

Depending on the word, it's better "Quegli" or " Quegl' ".

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Salvatore Saja answered 23 Sep 11

Another note:

I DON'T recommend using " Quegl' "... Ever...
It's a form closer to some northern dialects and it's by no means standard italian...

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Elizabeth Soto answered 23 Sep 11

grazie ma "I gatti" è plurale, si?

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Salvatore Saja answered 23 Sep 11

Yes, sorry for the typo, Eli. ^^;;

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Elizabeth Soto answered 23 Sep 11

it's ok il fiere is fem or masc? Is this sentence correct. Il fiore è viola

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Salvatore Saja answered 23 Sep 11

Yes, it's ok.
Fiore is masculine.

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Elizabeth Soto answered 23 Sep 11

ok thanks again... :))

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Salvatore Saja answered 23 Sep 11

Not at all! ;)

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