Definitive article - in or out

Stuart

Kwiziq community member

10 May 2019

2 replies

Definitive article - in or out

Buenas team,

Just to confirm - we say: me gusta el chocolate, and we also say me gusta comer chocolate?

We don't say me gusta comer el chocolate?

The definite article is always removed when we have the verb there?

Muchisimas gracias,

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Using gustar to say you like something"

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

10 May 2019

10/05/19

Hola Stuart

Have a look at these two similar sentences:

"Me gusta comer pan" (I like eating bread- [in general])

"Me gusta comer (el) pan con un poco de mantequilla y mermelada." (I like eating bread with a bit of butter and jam.- [more specific])

On the second one where the speaker is being a bit more specific about how he/she likes eating bread, you can use the article or omit it. 

In the first one where the speaker is talking more in general, we don't use the article.

Here is another example with a different verb:

"Me encanta leer libros"

"Me encanta leer (los) libros que cuentan aventuras"

Hope it is useful

Saludos

Inma

Stuart

Kwiziq community member

10 May 2019

10/05/19

Lovely, cheers Inma!

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