Why "Hace frío," but "Hace _un_ frío horrible?"

ReginaA2Kwiziq community member

Why "Hace frío," but "Hace _un_ frío horrible?"

Why is there an article in front of frío in the second instance?

Asked 10 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Regina

In the second sentence "Hace un frío horrible" we are using the article because it is also a type of structure we use to describe the weather. However we say "Hace/hay + un/una .... +adjective" when we talk about something a bit "extreme", for example:

"Hay una tormenta muy grande en el norte" (There is a big storm in the north)

"Hace un calor terrible en Sevilla" (It is terribly hot in Seville)

The more simple structure with Hay/Hace + noun is less emphatic with less detail.

I hope this clarifies it.

Un saludo

Inma

Why "Hace frío," but "Hace _un_ frío horrible?"

Why is there an article in front of frío in the second instance?

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