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When to use an article?

I having trouble when to use an article. For example, I was reviewing Household, and this popped up: Tú vas a la cama. Why can't it just be Tú vas a cama? Are there any general rules on when to use/avoid an article?

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3 years ago

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http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/use_def_art_2.htm

http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/use_def_art.htm

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/omitting-articles-in-spanish.html

http://languageboat.com/2013/11/27/when-to-use-or-omit-definite-articles-in-spanish/

Most of definite article ommisions are correct in the following cases:

1 - In proverbs: Yerba mala, nunca muere.

2 - Wth abstract or uncountable nouns: Me despertó confianza.

3 - With nouns determined by other determinatives: Vendió su casa.

4 - With nouns in plural: Llevaremos regalos para todos.

5 - When using nouuns in a metaliguistic way: Democracia es una palabra de origen griego.

6 - In some fixed phrases: tener envidia; dar lástima

7 - With names in singular: Llegó Teresa. (in this case, there are a lot of exceptions, anyway)

8 - With nouns referring to continents, countries, regions and cities: Francia está en Europa pero París no está en Normandía. (again, there are some exceptions: Vive en la Patagonia., el Reino Unido)

9 - With coordinated nouns in singular form: Madre e hija son sordas.

10 - With nouns in singular when representing a class or group: Busco carpintero.

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Reply53 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/classicalpie7244

Here's a couple of lingots. The huge tirade of links and tips were very helpful.

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Reply3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/KrazyKaderKat

well there are different ways to say a sentence but if you want to change it then just edit the persons translation

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Reply3 years ago