Italian 3 Session 28 introduces "in the garden" as "in giardino". Then in Session 29 I see "nel giardino". Are they interchangeable or in which situation(s) is each used? I know "nel" is "in + il", so I guess the question is when is "il" used and when is it not used for expressing "in the garden"? Thanks.
I think I may have answered my own question: "In giardino" is used when "going there", e.g., "andare in giardino" (to go to the garden) while "Nel giardino" is used to describe what's there, e.g., "Nel giardino c'è una piscina." Is this correct?
Hi Tom, we don't need to use the article when we know which garden we're talking about. On the contrary, when we are referring to a specific garden then we use the article. So you'd say: "Tom è in giardino" (we know which garden we're referring to), but "Tom è nel giardino del castello" (we are specifying it's the garden of the castle). Hope this is a bit clearer now