when to use definite article

ElizabethA2Kwiziq community member

when to use definite article

This recommends "estudiando violin" but "tocar el violin."  I don't understand the rule for when to use the definite article.

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Erika

To simply say what your profession is we do not use the article: 

Soy violinista

Soy profesor

Soy medico

But when you add extra information, you need the article (or there is a tendency to use it):

Soy un violinista importante

Es un medico especialista en problemas cardiovasculares. 

Saludos

 

InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Elizabeth

When we talk about studying a subject we drop the article:

estudiar violín

estudiar inglés

estudiar historia

When we talk about playing an instrument we use the article:

quiero tocar la guitarra, tocar el violín, tocar la trompeta

Saludos

Inma

ErikaB2Kwiziq community member

It is written, "quiero ser un violinista importante". However, when describing profession we do not use the article: "Soy violinista."  Why is the article "un" used here, in "un violinista importante"? 

Thanks in advance!

when to use definite article

This recommends "estudiando violin" but "tocar el violin."  I don't understand the rule for when to use the definite article.

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