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"Historia" is a noun which is often translated as "history", and "la" is a definite article which is often translated as "the". Learn more about the difference between "historia" and "la" below.
historia(
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toh
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ryah
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A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (series of events)
a. history
Es sin duda una de las mentes más brillantes de la historia.There's no doubt she is one of the greatest minds in history.
2. (narrative)
a. story
La película cuenta la historia de una mujer que ha perdido a su hijo.The film tells the story of a woman who has lost her child.
3. (discipline)
a. history
Quiere estudiar historia y dedicarse a la enseñanza.He wants to study history and pursue a teaching career.
4. (something of the past)
a. history
Los CDs ya son historia.CD's are already history.
5. (excuse)
a. story
¡Ya estoy harto de tus historias! ¿Lo vas a hacer o no?I've had enough of your stories! ¿Are you going to do it or not?
6. (rumor)
a. tale
No quiero que vayas por ahí contando historias sobre mí.I don't want you to go around telling tales about me.
7. (fling)
a. affair
Ha tenido varias historias con mujeres casadas.He has had several affairs with married women.
8. (dealing)
a. business
Estaba metido en una historia muy turbia.He was involved in some very shady business.
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la(
lah
)
A definite article is a word that identifies a noun as as specific or known to the speaker (e.g. the girl).
1. (before singular or uncountable feminine nouns)
a. the
La pelota está en el tejado.The ball is on the roof.
La leche está en el refrigerador.The milk is in the refrigerator.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
2. (direct object replacing feminine noun)
a. her
Quiero conocer a tu esposa. Si puedes, tráela la próxima vez.I want to meet your wife. If you can, bring her next time.
b. it
La carne que probamos estaba deliciosa. ¿Podemos cenarla?The meat we tried was delicious. Can we have it for dinner?
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
3. (the sixth note on a diatonic scale)
a. la
La canción va así: "la, si, la, do".The song goes like this: "la, ti, la, do."
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