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"Habilidad" is a noun which is often translated as "ability", and "la" is a definite article which is often translated as "the". Learn more about the difference between "habilidad" and "la" below.
habilidad(
ah
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bee
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lee
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dahd
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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. (capability)
a. ability
Como político, ha desarrollado la habilidad de hablar sin decir nada.As a politician, he's developed the ability to talk without saying anything.
b. skill
Cantar bien es una habilidad que cualquiera puede aprender con el profesor adecuado y suficiente práctica.Singing well is a skill anyone can learn with the right teacher and enough practice.
2. (legal)
a. competence
Tengo motivos de preocupación en cuanto a la habilidad de este testigo, ya que es un menor de edad.I have reasons for concern about the competence of this witness since he's a minor.
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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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