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Does the article always have to be with the word?


Does the article always have to be with the word?

For example:

I like to eat apples.

Would it have to have the article in front of apples?

Me gusta comer las manzanas.

updated JUN 2, 2010
posted by turtlerose187

3 Answers


Me gusta comer las manzanas is like in Engligh I like to eat the apples refering to some specific apples.

Me gusta comer manzanas is also like in English I like to eat apples, meaning any apple.

ps. unfortunately as pointed out below this is not a hard and fast rule (spanish definitely doesn't always work like english) but it works i think for this situation

You can also say: I like to eat them = Me gusta comerlas.

updated JUN 2, 2010
edited by Kiwi-Girl
posted by Kiwi-Girl
Your last example shows an object pronoun, it is not a definite article. It is also incorrect. - 0074b507, JUN 1, 2010
las (definite article) is not the same as las (object pronoun) - 0074b507, JUN 1, 2010
Maria, in the last sentence I think you mean, "Me gusta comerlas," without, "me." In this case, it is correct and "las" is the pronoun. - 005faa61, JUN 1, 2010
Gracias, yes I've fixed it up now, just a case of the fingers not obeying the head lol :) - Kiwi-Girl, JUN 2, 2010

I would say "Me gusta comer manzanas."

updated JUN 1, 2010
posted by MeEncantanCarasSonrisas
So the answer is N O - right? - ian-hill, JUN 1, 2010
Yepper - MeEncantanCarasSonrisas, JUN 1, 2010

It is true that you don't always have to have an (in)definite article preceding the noun but this bit of knowledge is unlikely to be of any practical advantage to you (except insofar as it enables you to win arguments with someone who suggests that an article is always required).

The circumstances in which it is/isn't required are not the same as those of English so you still have to do a lot of memorizing.

updated JUN 1, 2010
posted by samdie
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