Questions tagged [artículos]

Preguntas sobre artículos (definidos e indefinidos): número, tipo, género, etc. // Questions about articles (definite and indefinite): number, type, gender, etc.

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Why is "agua" masculine in singular form and feminine in plural? "El agua" / "Las aguas" ¿Por qué decimos "el agua" si es una palabra femenina?

This is a canonical question / Esta es una pregunta canónica English Is there any rule that says that feminine nouns that start with "A" are converted to masculine or is it just done for ...
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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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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 ...
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Why is "a" needed in "Jugaba al tenis todos los días"?

In the sentence, "Jugaba al tenis todos los días cuando era más joven" why is it "al" over "el"? "Why is "a" needed?
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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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Why to add "la" after "viajar"?

I'm now using Rosetta Stone to learn Spanish, and today I found the following sentences: Estoy viajando a Italia para visitar unas ruinas antiguas. Estoy viajando a la India para visitar este ...
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¿Por qué a veces se pone "la" antes de los nombres?

En general, en español los nombres personales no requiren artículos determinados. No obstante, algunas veces he notado excepciones a esta regla. Por ejemplo, en El Retablo de las Maravillas de ...
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Why say "dame la mano" instead of "dame tu mano"?

"Dame la mano" would mean "give me the hand". Shouldn't it be better to say "give me your hand" by saying "dame tu mano"? For reference this is the entire phrase coming from spanishdict: "Dame la ...
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¿Es "la azúcar" o "el azúcar"?

I'm a bit confused: Is "sugar" "la azúcar" or "el azúcar"? If both are correct: Does it depend on the context? Are there more words where both articles can be used?
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¿Se debe escribir artículo delante de una palabra extranjera que ya lo contiene en su lengua?

Supongamos que estamos hablando del periódico The Times o de la banda de música The Rolling Stones. Como sabemos, the es un artículo en inglés, por lo que a efectos prácticos estamos doblando el ...
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¿De qué manera funciona el "lo neutro"?

¿Qué es el "lo neutro"? ¿De qué manera funciona? ¿Cuáles son ejemplos del "lo neutro" en contexto? Mi maestro me dijo que debo buscar de qué manera funciona el "lo neutro"...
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When to use definite article? Like "la" and "el"

This is one of those differences between English and Spanish. Although for the most part where is definite article is not used in English, it is probably not used in Spanish, due to my lack of reading,...
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When to use the article "el" with infinitives in Spanish?

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 no ...
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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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When writing subheadings in Spanish, is it natural to include articles and plurals?

In English, when writing single-word subheadings, it is normal to omit the article and use plurals unless the word is for a pluralized category. For example: Geopolitics Geopolitics is the study of ...
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Uso de artículos con abreviaturas como DVD, CD o nombres de organizaciones

Esta pregunta viene de un comentario que @fedorqui dejó aquí acerca del uso del artículo con la palabra DVD. Como el español no es mi primer idioma, para mí no hay mucha diferencia entre la DVD o el ...
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Articles for common nouns at the beginning of sentences

An answer here says that "Manzanas son frutas." is ungrammatical because Manzana is not a proper noun, so it needs the article. However, the answer also says that For example, both of these are ...
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¿Se dice “El administración” o “la administración”?

Escuchando un programa de Ecuador he observado que el presentador usó la expresión “el administración del tiempo”. Buscando en internet encontré las ambas formas de articulación ("el ...
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El uso del artículo indefinido después de "me gusta/me interesa, etc."

Soy consciente de que por varias razones no es posible omitir el artículo definido en una oración como "Me gustan las flores". No obstante, ¿podemos usar el artículo indefinido después de &...
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