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La is the thirty-second most common word in the Spanish language.

La is the feminine definite article, i.e. it goes with the feminine nouns. Masculine and feminine nouns can be a difficult concept for a maternal English tongue speaker. My advice if that is you – do not beat yourself up about it! Accept it and do not question it. OK, some words are masculine and some words are feminine – so what! I could go on to the Romans and all that! However, I won’t! Well I will – but not much… in Latin (which the Romans spoke) divided nouns up into masculine and feminine (not forgetting neuter).

But let’s get back to la. My Spanish – English Collins dictionary gives the basic meaning of la as “the”,

La is also a personal pronoun (when it means “her”).

Here are a couple of examples of the use of la

La casa es grande – the house is big

La chica es inteligente – the girl is intelligent.

So there it is – la the thirty-second most common word in the Spanish language.

LO is the twentieth most common word in the Spanish language.

Grammatically this word is very versatile. It is described in the dictionary as a definite article, and a personal pronoun.

Whilst the dictionary has many different meanings for this flimsy one syllable word, I will keep the meanings here to the more straight forward definitions. It can be variously translated as him, or you, or what with lots of other subtle shades of meaning that only a good read of the dictionary can reveal.

Read the dictionary! I hear you cry. Well, yes. One of the best ways to really get to grips with language learning is to read the dictionary. How sad, I hear you cry again. Well no. It is not sad ! Serious language learners do it regularly – it is a most useful practice for it opens the pathways of the minds to all sorts of possibilities, and almost subconciously, new phrases and shades of meaning seep into the mental recesses, only to pop out at the most unexpected times.

Here are a few examples of the use of LO

Lo mejor de aprender un idioma es ….. the best thing about learning a language is….

Lo que más me gusta es …. what I like the most is……

Lo conozco – I know him (or you depending on context).

To sum up, then. LO is the twentieth most common word in the Spanish language. A useful to know – there is no doubt about it!

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