"when is el and la used"?

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in certain sentences , how is el used and how is la used

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updated ENE 20, 2011
posted by BlackStarX

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They both mean "the," as in "the dog ran." El is used before a masculine noun, for example "el hombre." And la is used before a feminine noun, for example, "la mujer."

There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as "el agua" (agua is a feminine noun).

updated NOV 22, 2009
edited by --Mariana--
posted by --Mariana--
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i had a similar question, what is the difference between el and la, but i know that, like, "el maestro" is a male teacher and "la maestra" is a female teacher. stuff like that.

updated NOV 22, 2009
posted by Luv2Sing46
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Ahhh! But what about El policía?

updated OCT 22, 2009
posted by Seitheach
Yes, there are exceptions to the rule, which must be learned. Also, let's not forget ....la policía = police woman.