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An Introduction To Spanish Grammar - Articles Surfing
When learning a new language, it is always useful to be familiar with its main grammatical units. This constitutes the first necessary step in order to understand and create meaningful speech.
Here are the main grammatical elements in Spanish and some useful information about them:
For example, 'mano' (hand) and 'radio' (radio) are feminine. On the other hand, words of Greek origin ending in 'ma, such as 'dilema' (dilemma) or 'problema' (problem) are masculine. When you are learning new vocabulary, it is recommendable that you learn a noun together with its corresponding article. That will help you to remember their gender. For example 'la ni'a', 'la mano' or 'el problema' and 'el ni'o'.
This means that if you want to say something about the noun 'ni'o', which is masculine and singular, the adjective that you use will also have to be masculine and singular. Thus, you can say 'ni'o alto' (tall boy), 'ni'o peque'o' (small boy), etc. If, on the other hand, if you were talking about a girl, you would have to say 'ni'a alta' and 'ni'a peque'a'.
The singular and plural 'you' are used differently depending on the dialect of Spanish that you are using. It is important to remember that subject pronouns are frequently omitted in Spanish, since the ending of the verb already indicates this. Thus, native spears would say 'estoy aqu' (I'm here) rather than 'yo estoy aqu'.
Thus, there are verbs ending in 'ar, such as 'hablar', in -er 'comer' (to eat) and in 'ir 'dormir' (to sleep). As mentioned before, verbs in Spanish have different endings depending on who the subject of the action is. These endings will vary from one conjugation to the other. For example, with the verb 'hablar', the singular 'you' is '(t') hablas', whereas with 'comer' it is '(t') comes'. This can obviously be complicated for learners at the beginning, but once you get used to it, you will have no problem communicating effectively.
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