How to use the definite article in Latvian

How to use the definite article in Latvian

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

The Latvian definite article

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


the bed
the son
the horse
the woman
the sister
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Step 4 : The definite article in Latvian

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 grāmata , krēsls  and durvis  (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use each noun with the definite article. This is easy in Latvian, because in Latvian, there is no definite article. So the word grāmata  can mean book or the book, the word krēsls  can mean chair or the chair and the word durvis  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 Latvian including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the Latvian nouns grāmata , krēsls  and durvis , you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in Latvian).

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