"Los", "La", or "El"?
Hola, everyone! I just finished the Spanish level 1 course. I was wondering how to say "the" en espaniol. Is it "los" "la" or "el"? From what I understand, I'm supposed to use "el" when referring to something masculine and "la" when referring to something feminine. Am I correct? Under what circumstances am I supposed to use "los"? And how do I know if an object is feminine or masculine? "Puerta", for example. I don't think doors can be male or female. Please help - I'm very confused. Gracias!
'Los' is the plural form of 'el'. Same is true with 'las' to 'la'. Use 'los' and 'las' when referring to plural nouns.
Ex: el elefante, los elefantes, la mujer, las mujeres
'Las', 'los', 'el' and 'la' all mean 'the' in English.
"The" is either "el", "la", "los", or "las". Which one you use depends on the gender and plurality of the noun you're referring to.
All nouns in Spanish have genders. This is common in a lot of languages, but it does seem weird to English speakers, since we typically only assign genders to people or animals.
There's a few rules for determining whether something like a door is masculine or feminine. Most of the time, if a word ends in "o" it is masculine and if it ends with an "a", it is feminine. As always though, there's exceptions to this rule. This page (http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/1) does a good job explaining the concept and the main rules you can use.
Also, as a side note, "puerto" means port or harbor. The word for door is "puerta".
puerta*. 'puerta' would be la puerta. Los is used for PLURAL masculine not singular. As in 'Los animales'. Las is also used for 'the' and is used for plural feminine. Ex: 'the vegetables' = 'Las verduras'. Get it?