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It Was Fifty Years Ago Today! The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper & Beyond

Examines the twelve months (Aug 1966 - Aug 1967) that would arguably be the most crucial in the band’s career, a year in which they stopped being the world’s number one touring band and instead became the world’s most innovative recording artists, pushing the boundaries of what could be achieved in the studio.

Nouns in Italian are either masculine or feminine. Usually, you can guess the gender and number of a noun based on the ending it takes. Here’s how to guess most of them based on their endings.

masculines in -o and femenines in -a

Generally, nouns ending in -o are masculine and those ending in -a or -tà are feminine. Usually, masculine nouns end in -o in the singular and -i in the plural, whereas femenine nouns end in -a in the singular and -e in the plural, e.g.

  • il libro - book
  • i libri - books
  • la casa - house
  • le case - houses
  • la lealtà - loyalty
  • la bontà - goodness

Note: nouns ending in -tà have no plural form.

There are, however, some feminine nouns ending in -o, e.g.

  • la mano - hand
  • l’auto - car
  • la libido - libido
  • la radio - radio
  • la moto - motorcycle
  • la metro - underground, subway
  • l’eco - echo

and some masculine nouns ending in -a, e.g.

  • l’aldilà - afterlife
  • il lama - llama
  • il duca - duke
  • il gorilla - gorilla
  • il pigiama - pyjamas, pajamas (US)
  • il sofà - sofa

nouns ending in -e

Most nouns ending in -e can be either masculine or feminine, e.g.

  • l’arte (f.) - art
  • l’amore (m.) - love
  • il cuore - heart
  • il re - king
  • il mese - month
  • il sole - sun
  • il mare - sea
  • il latte - milk
  • il giudice - judge
  • la croce - cross
  • la fede - faith
  • la luce - light
  • la pace - peace

-e / -a pairs

  • signore, signora - lord, lady
  • padrone, padrona - master/owner

nouns ending in -(is)ma, -(e)ma, -(o)ma, -ta and -arca 

Nouns ending in one of these endings are masculine nouns of Greek origin and change to -i for the plural, e.g.

  • l’aforisma - aphorism
  • il carisma - charisma
  • il cinema - cinema (UK), movie theatre (US)
  • il poema - poem
  • il clima - climate
  • il dramma - play, drama
  • il problema - problem
  • il programma - programme (UK), program (US)
  • l’idioma - language
  • il pirata - pirate
  • l’asceta - ascetic
  • il pilota - pilote
  • il poeta - poet
  • il monarca - monarch
  • il patriarca - patriarch

nouns ending in -ore, -one

Generally, nouns ending in one of these endings are masculine, e.g.

  • l’errore - error
  • genitore - parent
  • il fiore - flower
  • il calore - heat
  • l’autore - author
  • il colore - colour (UK), color (US)

nouns ending in -tudine, -zione, -sione, -gione and -tù

Nouns ending in one of these endings are feminine, e.g.

  • la solitudine - solitude, loneliness
  • la nazione - nation
  • la definizione - definition
  • la visione - vision
  • la ragione - reason
  • la virtù - virtue
  • la gioventù - youth
  • la tribù - tribe

nouns that can be both masculine and feminine

Words that refer to people can be either masculine or feminine, e.g.

  • amico, amica - friend
  • bambino, bambina - child
  • figlio, figlia - son, daughter
  • maestro, maestra - teacher, master
  • orso, orsa - bear
  • gatto, gatta - cat

Note: a lot of animals only have a masculine or feminine form, e.g. l’uccello (bird), il serpente (snake), la lucertola (lizard), la volpe (fox), etc.

nouns ending in -essa, -ina, -trice

Nouns ending in one of these endings are feminine

  • poeta, poetessa - poet, poetess
  • principe, principessa - prince, princess
  • elefante, elefantessa - elephant
  • dottore, dottoressa - doctor
  • leone, leonessa - lion, lioness
  • campione, campionessa - champion
  • eroe, eroina - hero, heroine
  • re, regina - king, queen
  • imperatore, imperatrice - emperor, empress

nouns ending in -ista and -ante

Nouns ending in -ista can be either masculine or feminine. To form their plural an -i or an -e is added.

  • il giornalista, i giornalisti - the journalist (m. s.), the journalist (m. pl.)
  • la giornalista, le giornaliste - the journalist (f. s.), the journalist (f. pl.)

Nouns ending in -ante can be either masculine or feminine. To form their plural an -i is added.

  • il cantante, i cantanti - the singer (m. s.), the singer (m. pl.)
  • la cantante, le cantanti - the singer (f. s.), the singer (f. pl.)

nouns ending in -ente

Nouns ending in -ente are usually masculine (but not always), e.g.

  • lo studente (studentessa) - student (female student)
  • il presidente (la presidentessa) - president (female president)
  • il paziente - patient

nouns ending in -iere

Nouns ending in -iere are always masculine, but a feminine noun can sometimes be obtained by changing the final vowel if the word refers to people, e.g.

  • il paniere - basket
  • il panettiere, la panettiera - male baker, female baker
  • l’infermiere, l’infermiera - male nurse, female nurse
  • il parrucchiere, la parrucchiera - male hairdresser, female hairdresser

irregular plurals

§1 a lot of nouns describing people present a distinct form depending on the natural gender of the person, e.g.

  • uomo, donna - man, woman
  • fratello, sorella - brother, sister
  • padre, madre - father, mother
  • mamma, papà - mum, dad
  • dio, dea - god, goddess

§2 a lot of nouns are masculine in the singular and feminine in the plural, e.g.

  • l’uovo, le uova - egg, eggs
  • il dito, le dita - finger, fingers
  • braccio, braccia - arm, arms
  • riso, risa - laugh, laughs

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Generally released animation looks its worst this year, and the Beauty and the Beast remake certainly doesn’t help, so it’s a good thing (for us, at least) that Anime Limited and Manga are working together on a once-a-month strategy to bring current anime releases as well as a 20th anniversary re-release of Perfect Blue to select, big-name cinemas across the UK as alternatives to crass Hollywood junk. In This Corner of the World, Napping Princess and Lu Over the Wall, for example, are slated to compete with Despicable Me 3, The Nut Job 2 and The Star. This trend kicked off with last year’s release of Makoto Shinkai’s masterpiece Your Name, which will open in the States next week to save us all from Smurf terror. So mark your calendars, obviously.

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Age: 18
Country: England

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Name: Fiona
Age: 18 (19 in July)
Country: Scotland

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Preferences: 18-25 (I only speak English sorry!!)