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Neapolitan Primer

The Indefinite Article
Ll'articulo ndeterminativo

  • na - In front of a singular feminine noun that begins with a consonant
  • nu - In front of a singular masculine noun that begins with a consonant
  • n' - In front of (any) singular noun that begins with a vowel


The Definite Article
Ll'articulo determinativo

singular

'a - In front of a feminine noun that begins with a consonant
'o - In front of a masculine or neuter noun that begins with a consonant.

With neuter nouns, the following consonant is doubled

plural

'e - In front of (any) plural noun that begins with a consonant. Feminine nouns double the consonant.
  • If the word is feminine, the first letter must be doubled
  • In the case of masculine nouns the doubling may occur also, in front of the consonants: z-, b-, br-, v-, and g-.


ll' or l' - In front of a noun, masculine or feminine, singular or plural, that begins with a vowel


Articulated Prepositions

Prepositions (proper): a, 'a, cu, d' / 'e, pe, tra, nfino a, addu. In Neapolitan there are very few articulated prepositions, in particular:

â = a + 'a (Italian, alla) = to the
ê = a + 'e (Italian, ai, agli, alle) = to the
ô = a + 'o (Italian, al, allo) = to the

In all other cases preposition and article are indicated separately.