la camicia - remember the picture of Cameron Diaz holding a shirt and saying, "I'll COME MEET YA* later!"
(*YA = slang for 'you')
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Devo lavare i calzini, la mia camicetta e la tua camicia.
(I) have to wash the socks, my blouse and your shirt.
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Irregular Masculine Nouns Ending Changes in Plural, e.g.:
io → -i
il figlio → gli figli - the sons
lo zio → gli zii - the uncles
Note: with accent on the i, as in zio, the i is doubled.
- with accent on second-to-last syllable:
co → chi
l’abbraccio → i abbracchi - the hugs
go → ghi
l'albergo → gli alberghi - the hotels
- with accent on third-to-last syllable:
co → ci
il gioco → i gioci - the games
go → gi
lo psicologo → gli psicologi - the pyschologists (m)
Some Irregular Feminine Nouns Ending Changes in Plural, e.g.:
ca → che
la banca → le banche - the banks
ga → ghe
la droga → le droghe - the banks
cia → cie
la farmacia → le farmacie - the pharmacies/drug stores/chemists
- when ending preceded by a vowel:
cia → cie
la camicia → le camicie - the shirts
gia → gie
la valigia → le valigie - the suitcases
- when ending preceded by a consonant:
cia → ce
l'arancia → le arance - the oranges
gia → ge
la pioggia → le piogge - the rains
Here's a sneaky trick: A few Nouns CHANGE from Masculine to Feminine forms in the plural, e.g.
il braccio → le braccia - the arms
il dito → le dita - the fingers
il lenzuolo → le lenzuola - the sheets
l'uovo → le uova - the eggs
il paio → le paia - the pairs
un centinaio → delle centinaia - hundreds
mile → mila - thousands
Nouns borrowed from other languages remain the same in the plural, just the Definite Article becomes plural, e.g.
il computer → i computer - the computers
la hostess → le hostess - the hostesses
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