Why is there a definite article in "no me gustan los deportes" but not in "si prefieres deportes"?

JamieKwiziq team member

Why is there a definite article in "no me gustan los deportes" but not in "si prefieres deportes"?

Asked 11 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Jamie

With "me gusta" the definite article is always necessary:

"Me gustan los deportes"

"Me gusta el cine"

"Le gustan los chicos rubios."

With preferir it is optionall if you are talking about something general:

"Si prefieres (los) deportes..."

"Yo prefiero (la) pizza."

If we are more specific about what we prefer then we do need the article:

"Ella prefiere la muñeca pequeña. La muñeca grande es muy fea."

(She prefers the small dolly. The big dolly is very ugly.)

Without the article this would be incorrect:

"Ella prefiere muñeca pequeña."

I hope this helps,

Inma

Why is there a definite article in "no me gustan los deportes" but not in "si prefieres deportes"?

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