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Study Spanish articles in Spanish courses in Mexico

Studying Spanish articles can be tricky, but with this guide from our Spanish courses you will learn how to use them.

Not to mention that in our Spanish classes you will also learn the exceptions to these cases and the neutral articles that refer to animals, situations or objects.

What are Spanish articles?

Spanish articles belong to a class of words with grammatical meaning. Within a sentence, they are always placed before the noun and their gender and number must coincide. Therefore, articles indicate whether the noun is definite or indefinite.

How to determine the gender of definite and indefinite articles in Spanish?

The gender of a word in Spanish is defined by the last vowel letter, although there are exceptions.

Masculine: Words ending in o, u and e.

  • El hombre de la esquina me ayudó a cruzar.
  • El perro del vecino ladró durante la noche.
  • Los hombres construyeron el iglú.

Feminine: There are a wide variety of endings to define the feminine gender and exceptions, but words ending with a are commonly considered.

In our Spanish Schools you will learn to identify that words ending with the following syllables are considered feminine; -ción, -sión, -umbre, -dad, -tad and -cis.

  • La situación actual en México es favorable para el turismo.
  • El juez tomó la decisión
  • Tenemos la incertidumbre de no llegar a la final de la competencia.
  • La hermandad de la Universidad cerró admisiones ayer.
  • La lealtad es uno de los valores más importantes para las empresas.
  • La crisis económica ha afectado a toda la población.

How to study Spanish articles?

While it may be confusing for foreign students to learn Spanish at our Spanish Schools, the reality is that the practice of study Spanish in Mexico City, Oaxaca and Cancun facilitates and accelerates the learning process. We will provide you with a quick guide to identify the types of Spanish articles.

Artículos del español definidos

At each of our Spanish Schools in Mexico you will learn that there are specific articles in Spanish.

  • Singular masculine – El perro es el mejor amigo del hombre.
  • Plural masculine – Los compañeros de clase lograron conversar en español.
  • Singular female – La profesora de español tiene la máxima certificación profesional.
  • Plural female – Las tardes en Playa del Carmen son hermosas.
  • Singular neutral – Lo más importante de las clases de español es la práctica en la vida real.

Sometimes the article el can form a single word with the prepositions a and de, resulting in the abbreviation al and del.

  • Javier fue a el restaurante de a esquina – Javier fue al restaurante de la esquina.
  • ¿Cuándo reservaste los boletos de el avión? – ¿Cuándo reservaste lo boletos del avión?

Spanish articles by gender

The Spanish articles la and las precede feminine nouns ending with the vowel “a”. While nouns ending with the vowel i, o and e, usually have to take the masculine article.

  • La guía turística nos regaló un viaje.
  • El cofre contiene un tesoro legendario.

These rules have some exceptions that you will be able to practice speaking with native and certified teachers at our Spanish School Cancun.

  • El águila de las montañas.
  • El arma disparó frente a un grupo de personas.

Spanish indefinite articles

In our Spanish classes in Mexico City, Riviera Maya or Oaxaca you will learn that in the Spanish language we also use indefinite articles that refer to an uncountable noun:

  • Compre unas flores en la mañana.
  • Encontré una moneda en mi pantalón viejo.
  • Iré por unos postres a la panadería.
  • Sara registró un nuevo récord hoy.

Study Spanish articles in Mexico

Start learn Spanish in Mexico City now, book your place and you will start speaking Spanish the following Monday. Don’t forget that our Spanish teachers are native speakers and have the highest certification to teach the language. In addition, Alegre Spanish Schools is part of the International House World network of language courses, so quality language teaching is guaranteed.

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