Why don`t we say 'las manzanas' when we say 'comemos manzanas'?
I thought that nouns are normally said preceeded by a definite article but when we say '' comemos manzanas/fresas '' etc., shouldn't we say "comemos las manzanas" ?
I think it depends on what you want to say. If you are talking about apples in general you would just use manzanas without the article:
Comes manzanas? Do you eat apples?
However, if you are talking about specific apples you would use the article:
Comiste las manzanas que compré ayer? Did you eat the apples that I bought yesterday?
Hope this helps
@ Feliz, yes it's easy when you would have to say 'the' in English as per your example for 'The brown dog ..." but what about when you wouldn't say 'the' - such as
Los huevos son buenos para usted. Eggs are good for you.
that's when it get's a bit trickier as there doesn't seem to be a hard and fast rule - i run into examples with and without the definite article and can't seem to find a definitive reason why it need or need not be used.
I was wondering the same thing actually, as in one of the first lessons that Paralee gives she says that huevo and el huevo both mean 'egg' and that nouns usually carry the article, ie el or la (without necessarily meaning 'the' as it would in English).
Since then I've come across instances where in English we wouldn't say 'the' but the article is there in Spanish or times when i would expect the article and it isn't there.
Hmm slightly confusing :p
If you actually know these apples personally you use the article. Otherwise they're just unarticled manzanas. lol
You just need to say say we were eating apples You really don't need to include the definite article in this kind of context.
However, if you wanted to specify which apples you were referring to... . you could say 'We were eating these apples' (nearby)
=Comemos estas manzanas (or esas - further away or aquelas - far away)
Yes, there are times when definite articles are required:
El perro marrón corrió por el parque = The brown dog ran through the park
You would Not say Brown dog ran through the park unless perhaps you were 4 or 5 years of age
I am sure one of the other people can advise you as to the rule regarding the use of definite articles. I am not totally sure so I would not like to mislead you I hope these examples will help you.
The rest of you answer is great, but this makes no sense:
manzanas is obviously feminine so the definite article is already implied
Whether the noun is feminine or masculine it doesn't follow that the article is implied.
Also "comemos estas manzanas" means "we eat these apples" (you said 'those').