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When do you know when to use, "el", "la", and, "le"?

March 3, 2018



Most nouns that end with -ma, a vowel with an accent (í, á ó etc...) a consonant that is not d or z and -o are usually masculine por ejemplo el problema, , el ají, el rumor y el acento

Most nouns that end with -ción, -d, -z and -a are usually feminine por ejemplo la investigación, la felicidad, la paz y la cosa

This site really helped me when I had the same question. As for the exceptions they will just have to be memorized you can do it! https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/masculine-and-feminine-nouns

As far as le it is what is called an indirect object pronoun and it replaces he she or formal you (usted) for example instead of saying Yo voy a dar un libro a él/ella/usted we can say Yo le voy a dar un libro or equally correct Yo voy a darle un libro Here is another source that may be helpful for you. https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/indirect-object-pronouns

I hope I made it clear for you :) ¡Que siga aprendiendo!


"El" and "la" are "the". "Le" is similar to "him/her/it".

"El" or "la" depend on gender of the word. "El cerro" (the hill), "la colina" (the hill).

"Le" is used for indirect objects. "I gave her water" = "(Yo) le di agua".

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