"Yes, school is important."
Translation:Sí, la escuela es importante.
The comments weren't really helping me much so I went searching and found this list of the rules. It helped me quite a bit. https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/using-the-definite-article-in-spanish
It's referring to schools in general, in Spanish when referring to anything in general you would include the definite article This site is really handy: https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/using-the-definite-article-in-spanish "la escuela es importante" - school is important
"los gatos son inteligentes" - cats are intelligent
In english these are two different meanings: 1. The school is important. 2. School is important.
The first implies the building, people that make up the school, et is important.
The second implies getting an education is important.
With "la" being required per duolingo does anyone know which meaning the spanish sentence was going for?
When to Use the Definite Article
- To Talk Things in General When talking about something in general, such as a type of food, music, book, etc. or a group of some sort, you'll use the definite article in Spanish.
La comida de México es deliciosa.
Mexican food is delicious.
Los gatos son inteligentes.
Cats are intelligent. https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/using-the-definite-article-in-spanish
Thank you for this link MJ -- https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/using-the-definite-article-in-spanish.
I did find somewhat of an answer prior to this link. It said that if you have a position (teacher, waiter, student...) that the "la" (or determiners/qualifiers) are not needed UNLESS you add an adjective - then it would become necessary.