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The Definite Article - Needed with nouns referring to concepts and abstract things or nouns that refer to a group or class in general ~ La gente suele pensar que el dinero es muy importante en la vida. (People usually think that money is very important in life.) - Used with dates, seasons, meals, centuries, and hours ~ En el verano el desayuno se sirve a las ocho; en el invierno, a las ocho y media. (In the summer breakfast is served at eight; in the winter it is served at eight-thirty.) - Precedes most titles except when you are speaking direcly to the person ~ El rey Juan es el sucesor del general Franco. (King Juan is the successor of General Franco.) ~ Exceptions are don, doña, san(to), santa, fray, sor + Fray Gabriel fue el creador de Don Juan. (Fray Gabriel was the creator of Don Juan.) - Precedes parts of the body and garments as well as physical and psychological acts and reactions ~ No pude contener la risa. (I couldn’t hold back my laughter.) ~ Déjame recobrar el aliento. (Let me catch my breath.) - Tener + definite article + body part or garment + adjective ~ El niño tenía la carita triste. (The boy’s little face was sad.) - Used with Cama, Cárcel, Colegio, Escuela, Guerra, Iglesia, Trabajo
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