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Old 15th September 2004, 22:50
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When you say La Frente, I know these means “Forehead”

IF I wanted to say Forehead do I need to put the "La" in front of it? Isn't La the same as saying “The” in English?






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Old 16th September 2004, 05:42
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Cool La is not "the".

La does not mean "the" all the time

Yes, you have to. The use of the definite article "la" refers to the gender (masculine/femenine) of the noun mentioned, which in the case of the part of the head (frente) is a feminine noun, hence the agreement between article and noun, la frente. El frente, which means the front of something, is in this case a masculine noun, hence the agreement between article and noun.
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Old 16th September 2004, 10:24
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article difinite

In English there is only one definite article "the", Spanish uses four definite articles, and it depend of gender (feminine and masculine) and number (plural and singular).

El male-singular
la feminine-singular
los male-plural
las feminine-plural

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CASA it is a feminine word LA CASA
CASAS LAS CASAS

CARRO it is a male word EL CARRO
CARROS LOS CARROS


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Old 16th September 2004, 17:45
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Wow, Thanks for this info, I’ve never heard of a definite Article before.
Thanks to the both of you for the help!

So If I were talking about a Male wolf animal, I would say El Lobo and for the female wolf it would be la Lobo?

There is one thing I'm not clear one still: when you say LA CASA doses that mean the house is owned by a girl?
In the case that a single divorced women owned the house, wouldn’t you say las CASA?

I’ll email you speaktacher, Thanks. Do you have any example sentences using all four words to better explain how and when to use them?

These really adds a new perspective on things, thanks guys!
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Old 16th September 2004, 21:22
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El lobo, la loba, el lobito en la Gran Casona.

Articles is Spanish agree with the gender and # of the noun, el lobo-la loba, los lobos-las lobas.
A man wears la corbata, which is a feminine noun, the speaker's gender does not determine the gender of the noun.

La casa de ella indicates that the house belongs to her. casa is always casa(s), regardless of who owns it.

"El lobo grande ya habia entrado a la casa y se habia vestido con las ropas de la anuelita de Caperucita. Al llegar a casa de su abuela, Caperucita entro en la casa y al mirar vio...
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Old 29th May 2005, 19:13
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I'd suggest a good college level course or two.
You'd learn all of this and would be able to at least understand spanish when it is spoken (including all the information discussed here) and maybe later speak it fluently yourself if you'd like..

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Old 29th May 2005, 23:40
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Thanks Delgado22

Yes, that’s what I want to do real soon
I’m actually taking a Spanish class that my local library is hosting for only 20 bucks. The teacher has a PHD in Spanish the only problem is its only 6 weeks /one class per week.
Anyway, I’ve learned a lot so far and I have a few different computer programs that are good. There are a couple of Mexican girls I work with who have been helping which with the pronunciation of some of these words.
But your right, I really need to dig down and take a real course.
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