Definite articles

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Definite articles

When to use definite articles. "No tenemos cerdos" (no article), but "Los cerdos son adorables" (article).

What's the difference?

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Peter

When it is the subject of the sentence you need the article:

Los cerdos son adorables.

The other sentence is using cerdos with a very general meaning, as a direct object. This is when in English you normally use "any":

No tenemos cerdos en nuestra granja.

We don't have [any] pigs in our farm.

There are lots of sentences with tener + direct object that don't use the article because we are talking about "things that are expected to be owned/general possessions":

No tengo dinero.

I don't have any money.

¿Tienes casa?

Do you have a house?

No tengo coche.

I don't have a car. 

¿Tienes hermanos?

Do you have any siblings?

The omission and presence of the article is something where there is no specific rule I'm afraid, and no clear-cut explanation. 

Saludos

Inma

 

Definite articles

When to use definite articles. "No tenemos cerdos" (no article), but "Los cerdos son adorables" (article).

What's the difference?

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