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Using the Gender-Free Spanish Article Lo

The Spanish article lo (loh) is neuter, meaning it has no gender. So you don’t want to use it to indicate the gender of a subject as you would with its definite and indefinite article counterparts. Here’s how to add it to your Spanish vocabulary.

  • Place lo before an adjective used as a noun to express an abstract idea or quality.

    For example, to express It is normal to sleep at night in Spanish, you’d say Lo normal es dormir de noche.

  • Combine lo + an adjective (or adverb) + que.

    Que (keh) means how. So the Spanish construction of the question Do you see how serious it is? looks like ¿Ves lo serio que es?

  • Position lo after a to indicate a condition.

    This Spanish construction means in the manner of or like in English. So the Spanish version of She talks like crazy is Ella habla a lo loco.

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