How do you know when to use definite or indefinite articles?
I know that the definite articles all mean "the," and the indefinite articles mean "a" or "an." Is there a set way to use either the definite or indefinite articles? Or, are the definite and indefinite articles interchangeable like in English?
For example, in English, I can say "a salad" or "the salad."
Can I also interchange the articles in Spanish too, to say: "Una ensalada" or "La ensalada?"
I think it is used in a similar manner in both languages. If there are five salads on a table and I tell you to take a salad, I mean take any one. If I tell you to take the salad then I am indicating a specific salad, probably one we were already discussing.
"una ensalada" -- any salad , cualquier ensalada
"la ensalada" -- a specif one, una específica