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sanae_o
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plural of dito

Is it not diti? Why?

enrico200165
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Dito, like ginocchio, has the plural ending in "a" rather than "i" as one would expect. That may happen with words coming from Latin that had neutral gender (rather than masculine or feminine). Neuter gender used to end with -um for the singular and -a for the plural (while masculine with -us -i), hence the plural in -a for some italian words whose singular form ends in -o.