Using los or las to say the (plural definite articles)

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Las amapolas de mi jardín son rojas.
The poppies in my garden are red.

Los perros ladran.
The dogs bark.

Las gemelas son rubias.
The twins are blonde.

Los zapatos marrones están de moda este año.
Brown shoes are fashionable this year.

Note that to express the + [plural noun] in Spanish, you use either los or las, depending on the gender of the noun it refers to:

las for feminine plural nouns
los for masculine plural nouns

 

Remember that in Spanish, like in all Latin languages, every noun is either masculine or feminine.


See also Using el or la to say the (singular definite articles)
and Using un, una to say a/an (singular indefinite articles)

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Los zapatos marrones están de moda este año.
Brown shoes are fashionable this year.


Las amapolas de mi jardín son rojas.
The poppies in my garden are red.


Las gemelas son rubias.
The twins are blonde.


Los chicos juegan al fútbol los sábados.
The boys play football on Saturdays.


Los perros ladran.
The dogs bark.


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So on the test it says...

________ helados cuestan dos euros.The ice cream cost two euros.HINT: helados is masculineAnd says the correct answer is "Los".So, is ice cream plural or something? Or is it a testing mistake?
Asked 2 months ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Marshal,

We've actually changed that sentence because the work "ice-cream" may be used in singular even when it is referring to it in plural, in English. So, to avoid confusion we changed the noun.

Gracias y un saludo,

Inma

It's like English. You can say icecream or icecreams. So helado is one icecream and estan is plural so use helado.

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________ helados cuestan dos euros.The ice cream cost two euros.HINT: helados is masculineAnd says the correct answer is "Los".So, is ice cream plural or something? Or is it a testing mistake?

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