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THE BEHAVIOR OF THE ARTICLE

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The article in Italian language has many functions.

These are the most important:

  • the determined article can be used in front of the surnames of famous people

    Example:
    "Il Manzoni e il Foscolo sono due dei pių importanti poeti italiani."

  • the determined plural article is necessary in front of plural surnames that indicate a family

    Example:
    "I Medici sono stati un'importantissima famiglia di Firenze."

  • the determined article is also obligatory if the person’s name is precede by an adjective.

    Example:
    "Il nostro Marco lavora a Roma."

  • the undetermined article in front of an artist’s name identifies a work

    Example:
    "Questo č un Raffaello."

  • all the geographical names take the determined article excluded the names of cities and small islands (there are exceptions)

    Example:
    "Il Messico si trova lontano dall'Italia."

  • the singular names of relatives don’t use the article.

    Example:
    "Vado a teatro con mia moglie."

  • peoples' names usually don't want the article in front

    Example:
    "Stasera vado da Marco"

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