Nov 06, 2019 - 12:29 AM
It's one of the quirks (or charms, depending on your point of view) of Italian that the language requires the addition of an article to form a possessive. For example, "Il mio panino" or "La mia birra." The exception is when you're talking about specific family members. For example, you say "Mio marito" (my husband) and not "Il mio marito." Oddly, though, when you're talking about your family in general, you'd say "La mia famiglia."
Clear as mud, right?