Definite Articles
The definite articles are le (masculine singular), la (feminine singular), and les (masculine and feminine plural). The singular forms contract to l' when preceding a vowel or an unaspirated "h" (watch for certain set exceptions: le does not contract before the numeral onze, for example.) The definite article agrees in number and (for the singular forms) in gender with the nouns they modify (see Noun): The definite article is used to refer to specific objects, people, and events which have been defined by the speaker or the context (just as in Engliish): It is also used to refer to general categories or to abstract concepts (usually ommited in English): It is frequently used after verbs expressing opinion, liking or disliking: The definite article is used before days of the week only to indicate a recurring or habitual action: The definite article is used with dates: It is used when speaking about parts of the body: When used with measurements, the definite article means "a" or "per: Definite articles also function as direct object pronouns, replacing both people and things (unless an indefinite article is used):
See Indefinte artcles, Pronominal adverb en.
The definite article is used with names of countries and with titles: The definite article contracts with the prepositions de and à:
de + le = du
de + la = de la
de + l' = de l'
de + les = des
à + le = au
à + la = à la
à + l' = à l'
à + les = aux


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