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"The man has a weapon."

5 years ago

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elsewhere in this course, arma is said to be used with both el and la

5 years ago

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And just the same happens with indefinite articles: un/una are both correct.

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To me a bomba is a bomb is a weapon.

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I just got marked wrong for una.

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very good explanation of this on another thread which I've now completely forgotten :-) The upshot seems to be that for aesthetic reasons they use "las armas", but arma itself is masculine so it's el arma and un arma, but las armas.

5 years ago

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Almost, but you have that backwards. Arma is feminine. The article is changed to el/un in the singular case for aesthetic reasons, but it's still a feminine noun and is treated as such in all other cases. Hence unas armas, las armas, El arma negra, Las armas negras.

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ouch. I really should check my facts before pretending I know something :-)

That makes sense, "una arma" does sound a little forced....

5 years ago