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Dear Maria,  

Would you please tell me if the use of the indefinite article as shown in the following sentences is correct:

La bambina porta una maglietta.
Il bambino non porta una maglietta.
La bambina non porta i pantaloni, lei porta una gonna.
Lui compra un cappello.

Can you also please tell me if it would also be correct to use the definite article as in the following sentences.

La bambina porta la maglietta.
Il bambino non porta la maglietta.
La bambina non porta i pantaloni, lei porta la gonna.
Lui compra il cappello.

Can you also please tell me if it would be acceptable to say:
La bambina non porta pantaloni, lei porta la gonna.


Thank you

Sincerely,  Rich

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Dear Rich,

the use of the indefinite & definite article as shown in the sentences that you mention is correct, apart from the last phrase “La bambina non porta pantaloni, lei porta la gonna” where you must say:”La bambina non porta i pantaloni...” or  “La bambina non porta dei pantaloni...” instead of “La bambina non porta pantaloni...”.

Best regards,

Maria

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