Nouns do not usually appear alone. Generally, they have another word before them. For example, el vampiro, este vampiro, un vampiro ……. These words that precede the nouns serve to specify them, that is, to determine them. That is why we say that they function as determiners.
The classes of words that can play the role of determiners are the following: articles, demonstratives, possessives, numerals, and indefinite.
WORDS THAT WORK LIKE DETERMINERS
One of the most common word classes in front of the noun is the article. For example, el micrófono, la sangre.
The article has no meaning of its own, it is generally used to announce the presence of a noun. For example, el teniente, la torre. The article informs about the gender and number of the noun it accompanies and its sole function is that of determining. The article forms are as follows:
To these forms, we must add the contracted forms that are del (de + el) and al (a + el). For example, Voy al cine del barrio.
The article agrees in gender and number with the noun it accompanies. However, in front of feminine nouns that begin with a or ha tonic and are in the singular, such as, for example, águila or hada, the masculine form of the article is used: el águila, el hada. In the plural, these feminine nouns are preceded by the corresponding feminine forms of the article: las águilas, las hadas.
Write about what you know about the article. Make sure you answer these questions without looking at the information above.
- What does it mean?
- What does it report?
- What are its forms?
- What word does it match?