82 - specific object. In English the indefinite article is...

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Definite articles In English, only one definite article is used to represent a specific, definite object. The definite article  the  can be used in front of any noun without regard to gender:  the  girl,  the  book,  the  man,  the  chair.  In Spanish, the definite article reflects the gender of the word that follows. The definite article  el  (the,  masculine) is used in front of a masculine noun, and the definite article  la  (the, feminine) is used in  front of a feminine noun.  In the following list, you can tell which nouns are feminine words because they are preceded by the  definite article  la,  and you can tell which are masculine nouns because they are preceded by the  definite article  el.   Indefinite articles There is a masculine and feminine version of indefinite articles, which demonstrate the gender of the  noun that they precede. While a definite article is very specific, an indefinite article refers to a less-
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Unformatted text preview: specific object. In English the indefinite article is the word a. When you request a book you are being much less specific than when you request the book. In Spanish, the indefinite article for a masculine noun is un, and the indefinite article for a feminine noun is una . una chica a girl un libro a book un hombre a man una silla a chair It doesn't matter whether you choose to learn el hombre or un hombre as long as placing el or un in front of the noun helps you remember that the word is masculine. La or una helps you remember that the word that follows is a feminine word. Later on, you will care about whether you want to say a man or the man, but for now, the articles are simply there to help you remember the gender of a noun....
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This note was uploaded on 11/05/2011 for the course SPAN 101 taught by Professor Oliveros during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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