I have difficulties in understanding how to use the article in some cases

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I was trying to practice with some exercices the use of articles in Spanish (el artículo definido) and I don't understand the special cases of "la" transformed into "el". More exactly:

  • Cornelio tiene una corbata negra y otra azul; ¿a él le gusta la azul/ or a él le gusta el azul? which one is correct, if any?

and another example, a little bit different:

  • En esta ciudad hay parques grandes y pequeños; a nosotros nos gustan los pequeños. Is it correct? or it should be "a nosotros nos gustan las pequeñas", as parque is a feminine noun?

Thank you very much!

adina

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updated OCT 11, 2009
posted by adinacristina

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En esta ciudad hay parques grandes y pequeños; a nosotros nos gustan los pequeños.

Notice that it is parques...pequeños. Therefore, unless there is an error in the sentence parque must be masculine. That is why in the second sentence it is los pequeños.

updated OCT 11, 2009
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507
Well, the confusion only grows: in my dictionary parque is a feminine noun, that's why the exercise seemed wrong to me. On spanishdict.com parque is a masculine, so yes, everything is very clear. Except that now I don't know which dictionary to trust :(
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Odd question. Why do you ask? The word would have to begin with a or ha and would probably be two syllables ending in a vowel to place the accent on the first syllable.

Can we count past participle used as adjectives?

harta

ancho

updated OCT 10, 2009
edited by 0074b507
posted by 0074b507
I asked because adjectives can be used as nouns and that is the rule for using el instead of la for feminine nouns.
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I don't think so, but you can start looking in our dictionary by typing "ab" "ac" "ad" "ae" etc in the window.

updated OCT 10, 2009
posted by Issabela
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Are there any Spanish adjectives that start with a stressed "a" sound?

updated OCT 10, 2009
posted by lorenzo9
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Hello adina smile

I think "A él le gusta la azul" is correct, because you're referring to a feminine noun.

And "A nosotros nos gustan los pequeños", as the noun used was masculine and plural.

updated OCT 10, 2009
posted by Issabela
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Cornelio tiene una corbata negra y otra [corbata] azul; ¿a él le gusta la azul/ or a él le gusta el azul? which one is correct, if any?

From the use of una before corbata we recognize that the word corbata is feminine.

The sentence is talking about a black tie and a blue tie (la otra).

Therefore, in our question the blue one refers to the blue corbata which is la corbata.

¿a él le gusta la azul?

updated OCT 10, 2009
posted by 0074b507