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May 06, 2018 - 07:28 PM
I agree that the inconsistency is annoying, and if there is a rule, I don't know it. The good news is that after a while you start to get used to the contexts in which articles a normally left out, and using or not using articles just starts to "sound right." The other good news is that when speaking with Italians, what you say will almost always be understood with or without the article.