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Italian alphabet and characters

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Italian alphabet (lower case)

Italian grammar rules

There are two grammatical genders in Italian:

  • masculine
  • feminine

And two numbers

  • singular
  • plural

Nouns and adjectives decline into four cases:

  • nominative
  • accusative
  • dative
  • disjunctive

Italian formatting rules

First day of the weekMonday
Working daysMonday to Friday
Short date formatdd/MM/yyyy or dd/MM/yy, as well as dd.M.yy
e.g. 24/03/2016 or 24/03/16 or 24.3.16
Long date formatdddd d MMMM yyyy or d MMMM yyyy, as well as d-MMM-yy
e.g. mercoledì 24 marzo 2016 / 24 marzo 2016 / 24-mar-16

Italian capitalisation usage

  • People’s and product names.
  • Geographical names (of countries, counties/states, cities etc.).
  • Headings/titles: only the first word is capitalised unless a proper noun is featured.
  • In UI items made up of two alternative commands separated by a slash (/), both commands begin with an upper-case character.
    Example: Import/Export Files = Importa/Esporta file
  • Names of keyboard keys should be written in all capital letters.
    Example: Enter = INVIO
  • Legal documents, such as agreements, licenses, and statements, may include entire upper-case paragraphs and/or common nouns beginning with upper-case. These conventions in the source document may have legal implications and should be retained in target.

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