A definite article is a word used to define a specific object or person.
In English, there is one definite article: the.
In French, there are four:
1. le is used in front of a masculine noun e.g: le cinéma (the cinema), le sac (the bag), le vélo (the bicycle), le stylo (the pen)
2. la is used in front of a feminine noun e.g: la table (the table), la chaise (the chair), la trousse (the pencil case)
3. l' is used in front of a noun starting with a vowel or an h, regardless of its gender e.g: l'arbre (the tree), l'hôpital (the hospital), l'école (the school)
4. les is used in front of a plural noun, regardless of its gender e.g: les tables (the tables), les chaises (the chairs), les arbres (the trees)
The article agrees in gender and number with the noun it qualifies.
*Unfortunately, there are words ending in -e which are masculine e.g: Le livre (the book) ; l'arbre (the tree) ; le téléphone and most words ending in -age, -ege or -isme are also masculine e.g: le nettoyage (the cleaning) ; l'organisme (the organisme).
Guess the gender of each word below then put the right definite articles: