Distinguishing Masculine and Feminine Articles in Spanish

Part of the Spanish For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Like many things in the Spanish language, Spanish articles have either a masculine or a feminine gender that must match the masculine or feminine gender of the Spanish nouns you pair them with. (For example, you say la blusa (lah bvlooh-sah) (the blouse) but el vestido (ehl bvehs-tee-doh) (the dress). Articles in Spanish include the (a definite article) and a, an, and some (indefinite articles).

English Spanish
Masculine Feminine
the (singular) el (ehl) la (lah)
the (plural) los (lohs) las (lahs)
a, an (singular) un (oohn) una (ooh-nah)
some (plural) unos (ooh-nohs) unas (ooh-nahs)
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