An article that makes a noun refer to a particular item or items of its class. The definite articles are "the" in English and el
in Spanish. The Spanish el
also can be part of a contraction: "a
" forms the contraction al
, and "de
" forms del
Note that Spanish and English have different rules as to when a definite article is needed or can be omitted. In general, Spanish often uses a definite article in cases where English does not.
Also Known As: Artículo definido in Spanish. Definite articles are also sometimes referred to as definite determiners.
Definite articles are in boldface: The
man went to Havana. (El hombre fue a la Havana.
computers aren't working. (Las computadoras no funcionan.
) Mr. Brown is rich. (El señor Brown es rico.
dog that barks doesn't bite. (Perro que ladra no muerde.