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When to use indefinite article?

I learned from my teacher that indefinite articles (un, una) are used only before modified nouns, that is nouns followed by adjectives. Does this apply to definite articles (el, la)? Another ...
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When and why is a “determiner” necessary for a subject?

This answer mentions that: In Spanish, for a number of reasons ... , a subject must have some sort of determiner attached to it. For cena that could be an article like una or la; a quantifier like ...
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Using El, La, Los and Las when it seems that they should not be used

I've been teaching myself Spanish for a while now and am getting ok but I am confused by the use of el, la, los and las. I know that they are used to give gender and number. That's no problem. What ...
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What is the article for Avestruz?

Do you say Los avestruces or Las avestruces? I think I've seen both. Maybe both are accepted? In singular it is easier, and maybe it just extrapolates to the plural. In singular it's El avestruz, in ...
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Difference between “el comer” and “comer” when used as noun

What is the difference between, for example, "el comer" and just "comer" when used as a noun? The case I'm thinking of would use a gerund in English. For example, El comer chuches antes de cenar ...
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When should we use articles before nouns and when are articles not required?

In Spanish sentences, I have seen that most times an article is used before the noun. But sometimes an article is not used. I am referring to articles such as el,la,los,las,un,una,unos,unas (those ...
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Is it possible to use definite articles before proper nouns? If so, when?

I'm doing a Spanish project where we write a script for a commercial. First, we wrote it in English and now we have to translate to Spanish. So far, it's been okay, but I'm just not sure if I should ...
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When should I use 'al'?

I am trying to tell the difference between 'al' and 'a' to refer to a place. I know that you usually use a to refer to a country. But when should you use al? I am trying to teach someone the ...
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Article usage before country names

I have heard several countries expressed in Spanish with a definite article before the country name (e.g. los Estados Unidos, la Argentina, la India). Is there a rule for when this occurs and when it ...