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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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Two nouns in a row, or, is it OK to omit “de”?

Two or more nouns are sometimes used consecutively, with the second modifying the first. For instance, I recently received a mail whose subject was "Honorarios migración." This is, I suppose, ...
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What percentage of nouns ending in -a are masculine and what percentage of nouns ending in -o are feminine?

I was going through a discussion thread over at duolingo ("How to use El and La in Spanish"), when I came upon the following question: Anyone know the percentage of Spanish nouns ending in -a that ...
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Is it possible to refer to a wife as “una marida?”

I know that "el marido" means "the husband" and that it can also be translated as "spouse," but I see no strong evidence that one would refer to a spouse of feminine biological gender as "una marida." ...
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Are there any nouns with irregular plurals in Spanish?

In English, some nouns have regular plural forms ending in -s or -es and fewer are irregular. Fish in the plural is still fish while child becomes children. In Spanish, nearly all nouns are regular, ...
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¿Si hay muchas personas que se llaman Jesús juntas, cómo debo designarlas?

¿Si hay muchas personas que se llaman Jesús juntas, cómo debo designarlas? Eran varios Jesús a la vez Eran varios Jesúes [Jesuses (!) ] a la vez Me parece que no es como Paco o Pepe. Muchos ...
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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 ...