Definite Articles in Spanish: el & la = the [+6 Examples & Quiz]

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to use definite articles in Spanish.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to use definite articles in Spanish
  • how definite articles in Spanish are used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to use definite articles in Spanish
  • how to practice with flashcards regarding how to use definite articles in Spanish

Please refer to the Spanish A1 Page to get a better overview of Spanish grammar, if you are curious about how this fits in the overall structure of Spanish A1.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to use definite articles in Spanish!

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Definite Articles in Spanish: el & la = the

You can say “the + [singular noun]” in the following ways in Spanish:

  • el + [masculine singular noun]
  • la + [feminine singular noun]

There are two options, because Spanish is a gendered language.

Every noun is either masculine or feminine.

El” is used for masculine singular nouns.

La” is used for feminine singular nouns.

In practice it looks like this:

El perro es grande.

The dog is big.

El reloj es pesado.

The watch is heavy.

El teléfono es nuevo.

The phone is new.

La chica es joven.

The girl is young.

La bicicleta es barata.

The bicycle is cheap.

La casa es cara.

The house is expensive.

If you are ever in doubt about whether something is a noun or not, then please think of the following:

  • A noun is any word that you can put the word “the” in front of.

Example Sentences on How to use Definite Articles in Spanish

This section of the lesson on the how to use definite articles in Spanish is about seeing the idiom in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding of how to say definite articles in Spanish through examples.

El perro es grande.

The dog is big.

El reloj es pesado.

The watch is heavy.

El teléfono es nuevo.

The phone is new.

La chica es joven.

The girl is young.

La bicicleta es barata.

The bicycle is cheap.

La casa es cara.

The house is expensive.

Quiz Yourself on How to use Definite Articles in Spanish

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

Definite Articles perro es grande.

The dog is big.
 
Definite Articles reloj es pesado.

The watch is heavy.
 
Definite Articles casa es cara.

The house is expensive.
 

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