Using the Definite Article in Spanish
Spanish nouns are often accompanied by a definite article or an indefinite article. A lot of the time, the inclusion or omission of a definite article in Spanish matches up with the English translation.
However, there are also times that you will use the definite article in Spanish but not in the English translation. Below you will find a some helpful guidelines for remembering when and when not to use the definite article in Spanish.
When to Use the Definite Article
1. To Talk about Facts or Opinions in General
2. Days of the Week
3. Names of Languages
When a language is the object of a verb, the definite article is not used.
4. Body Parts and Clothing
5. Telling Time
6. Long-Form Possession
7. Titles Used When Talking about Someone
Articles aren't used before titles when you are talking to someone or with titles like San, Santo/a, Don, and Doña. Articles also are not used before an ordinal number in a title.