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Articles are words that mean the, a, one or some. In Spanish, articles have different endings for feminine, masculine, singular or plural, and they agree with the noun they accompany:

  • el hombre the man, la mesa the table, los libros the books, las novelas the novels
  • un hombre a man, una mesa a table, unos libros some books, unas novelas some novels

  • The article is, actually, the best way to find out the gender of a noun. El problema, for instance, is a masculine noun, even if it ends in a, and la mano, is a feminine noun ending in o.

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    El gen que nos hizo hablar
    First language gene discovered

    With quiz
    Definite or indefinite?
    Deporte y sexo: el debate
    Sex before a big competition may help

    With quiz and matching audio
    Definite or indefinite?
    Contragolpe a la violencia - el "Golombiao"
    Football keeps violence at bay in the streets of Colombia

    With quiz and matching audio

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