How to use the definite article in Latin

How to use the definite article in Latin

You want to learn how to use the definite article in Latin? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short Latin lessons complete with useful examples. The apple, the house, the book... we'll teach you about the Latin definite article in a simple, clear and enjoyable way.

The Latin definite article

The definite article is what we call the word 'the' in English. The English definite article 'the' does not exist in Latin. Unlike English, a noun on its own can be considered definite without the need for a specific word to show this.

Examples

fenestra
the window
culina
the kitchen
avis
the bird
urbs
the city
res
the thing
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Step 4 : The definite article in Latin

The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns in English (the book, the chair, the door etc.). Using the nouns liber, sella and porta (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use each noun with the definite article. This is easy in Latin, because in Latin, there is no definite article. So the word liber can mean book or the book, the word sella can mean chair or the chair and the word porta can mean door or the door. You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in Latin including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Latin nouns liber, sella and porta, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Latin).

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