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Old July 19, 2014, 12:13 PM
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When to use a definite article before a proper noun in Spanish?


Like the title says. I think I know most of the rules regarding definite articles in spanish. I know if there's a title then we use up the article (la señora Rodriguez).

I've been told putting a definite article before a name is derogatory (voy con la Anita)

I also know that for some countries like El Salvador, it is required, but this is on a case by case basis

But what other times would you use a definite article prior to using a proper noun?
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Old July 19, 2014, 12:39 PM
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El artículo definido solamente está bien empleado cuando marca un título o rango: señor, capitán, rey, general, magnate...

Si el nombre aparece solo (María, Pepe, Juan, etc) no resulta correcto en ningún caso. Ocurre que, coloquialmente, es un rasgo (o incorrección por redundancia) común de muchos países (en España también); el cual deriva desde los orígenes del latín.

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