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Using Articles with Nouns in Spanish

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Ian Caldon

on 20 January 2015

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Using Articles with Nouns in Spanish
What are nouns?
You might recall that nouns (sustantivos) refer to people, places, things, or concepts.

Remember: All nouns in Spanish have a gender, either masculine or feminine...
So, what are articles?
Articles are a part of speech that go with nouns. There are two types of articles, definite and indefinite.
Don't forget!Exceptions to the rules!!
Nouns that end in -o are generally masculine...
Nouns that end in -a, -ción, -sión, or -dad are generally feminine.

the (masculine)

the (feminine)

a/an (masculine)

a/an (feminine)
Definite Articles
Definite articles are used when talking about a specific noun. In English, the is a definite article.
In Spanish, definite articles are el, for masculine nouns, and la, for feminine nouns.
Masculine: el chico
Feminine: la chica, la pronunciación, la misión, la posibilidad
Indefinite Articles
Indefinite articles are used when talking about a nonspecific noun. In English, a and an are indefinite articles.
In Spanish, indefinite articles are un, for masculine nouns, and una, for feminine nouns.
Masculine: el lápiz ---> un lápiz
Feminine: la página ---> una página
Some nouns don't follow the rules! For example:
Masculine: el día Feminine: la noche
Also, some nouns that refer to people have only one form and the gender of the person being referred to is indicated by the definite article....
Masculine: el estudiante Feminine: la estudiante
All that's great, but what if there's more than one thing?

Well, let's pluralize!
Plural Nouns
and Articles...
Spelling Changes
Make most nouns in Spanish plural by adding -s. The plural of definite articles to go with plural nouns are los, for masculine nouns, and las, for feminine nouns.
Masculine: el amigo -> los amigos el libro -> los libros
Feminine: la amiga -> las amigas la revista -> las revistas
Make nouns that end with a consonant plural by adding -es.
Masculine: el papel -> los papeles el reloj -> los relojes
Feminine: la actividad -> las actividades la pared -> las paredes
For nouns that end in -z, change
the -z to -c in the plural form.
el lápiz -> los lápices
It may be necessary to add or remove an accent mark when making a noun plural.
el examen -> los exámenes
la lección -> las lecciones
The plural forms of the indefinite articles in Spanish are unos, for masculine nouns, and unas, for feminine nouns. These translate to a few or some.
los lápices -> unos lápices (a few/some pencils)
las páginas -> unas páginas (a few/some pages)

the (masculine)

the (feminine)

a few/some (masculine)

a few/some (feminine)
Plural Articles
One last thing...
The words un and una can also mean one when used before a singular noun. Uno (the number one) is never used before a noun...
dos cuaderdons y un libro
tres chicos y una chica
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