Irregular Italian nouns: continued Posted by Bridgette on Dec 20, 2019 in Grammar, Italian Language
Ciao a tutti!
Last week we saw some nouns that seemingly change genders from singular to plural. Today, we are going to see some more irregular Italian nouns; specifically, nouns with two plurals and different meanings. But before that, vorrei augurare un buon natale a tutti! Arriva Babbo Natale tra 5 giorni!
E adesso per i nomi bislacchi… and now for the quirky nouns!
Nouns that have two plurals with different meanings:
|Il braccio||I bracci (arms of a couch)||Le braccia (arms on a person)|
|Il ciglio||I cigli (edges)||Le ciglia (eyelashes)|
|Il corno||I corni (horns- instruments)||Le corna (horns of animals)|
|Il filo||I fili (threads of clothes)||Le fila (threads of a plot)|
|Il gesto||I gesti (gestures)||Le gesta (deeds)|
|Il membro||I membri (members of a family)||Le membra (members on the body)|
|Il frutto||I frutti (fruits on a singular tree, fruits of an activity)||La frutta/Le frutta (collective fruits)|
|Il ditto||I diti (fingers considered individually – such as “i diti indici”)||Le dita (fingers, considered collectively “le dita di una mano”)|
|Il fondamento||I fondamenti (basic principles)||Le fondamenta (foundations of buildings)|
|Il labbro||I labbri (lips of a wound, cup..)||Le labbra (lips of a mouth)|
|Il muro||I muri (walls of a building)||Le mura (walls of a city)|
|L’osso||Gli ossi (bones of an animal)||Le ossa (bones of a person)|
|Il grido||I gridi (cries of animals)||Le grida (cries of people)|
Tocca a voi! Have you ever seen any other nouns with dual meanings in the plural?
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