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Articles before nouns

Jlitzenb
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Can someone please explain when you put an "el"/"la" before a noun and when you do not? For example "vas a la cama" as opposed to "vas a cama". We do not say "You go to THE bed".

3 years ago

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tmarvin
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Articles are used far more often in Spanish than in English. There are instances when you always use the article and some where it is optional, but I think you're generally safer using the article (even when it seems superfluous to English ears).

3 years ago

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How can I make sure, 'the person go to the bed' instead of 'the person go to bed'. The person can also go to the desk. How can I show the difference in Spanish?

3 years ago

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Jlitzenb
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Thanks. It gets frustrating when one time your marked wrong and another time it is correct? :P

3 years ago

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tmarvin
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Someone else may be able to articulate the actual rule, but I've mostly learned when it "looks right."

3 years ago

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The definite article is used more often to show that the word is a noun. There are some common phrases where it is omitted and sometimes it is omitted to denote something uncountable, one way of translating some for example compraré pan = I will buy (some) bread.

3 years ago

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Jlitzenb
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So it would be "more right" to put the article and cross your fingers that DL accepts it? :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

Well, sort of. It depends on the sentence. I would say voy a comprar UN coche or digo la verdad. Indefinite and definite articles are used a lot. Perhaps the book Oxford Spanish Grammer or ¬°EXITO! Would help you.

3 years ago

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Jlitzenb
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Thanks for info.

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

De nada. Buena suerte.

3 years ago