Article not needed?

LindaC1Kwiziq community member

Article not needed?

On the quiz, the question was: Es ________ hora; ven más tarde.  

My answer was “una mala” and it was marked wrong.  It was supposed to be just “mala”. 

Could please explain why “una mala” is incorrect? It didn’t mention anything in the text about not using the article.  Thanks.

Asked 2 months agosite design
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Linda,

For that specific sentence I added a hint saying that you do not need to use any article. I hope that helps students when answering the question. It is a set phrase that we use with no article "Es mala hora/Es buena hora".

In reference to the song "Para bailar la bamba" (nice one :))) "Yo no soy marinero, soy capitán, soy capitán, soy capitán..." Here the absence of the article is because when you talk about professions saying what you are/do for a living, with the verb "ser" you omit the article, unlike in English "I am a sailor, I am a captain...". 

-Yo soy profesora de español, ¿y tú?

-Yo soy camarero.

I hope this is useful 

Un saludo cordial

Inma

 

LindaC1Kwiziq community member

Oh, wait.  I think I remember the rule about not using the article after ser, as in the song: “Yo no soy marinero, soy capitán.”    I guess this is the reason?

Article not needed?

On the quiz, the question was: Es ________ hora; ven más tarde.  

My answer was “una mala” and it was marked wrong.  It was supposed to be just “mala”. 

Could please explain why “una mala” is incorrect? It didn’t mention anything in the text about not using the article.  Thanks.

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