Just a quick basic query: my textbook says you can use either en
for the masculine personal article. However, other internet sources I've checked only seem to use en
). Is the usage of el
The article is explained at the end of the first page in this thread.
is the masculine general article:
is also used as personal article. In Catalan we put an article before the personal name:
in English would be simply "John"
Is apostrophated before vowel:
(El + vowel = L') L'Andreu
2) Anyway, in Catalan we have a specific personal article, which is en
for masculine names and na
for femenine ones:
Both articles are apostrophated before vowel:
(En + vowel = N') N'Andreu
(Na + vowel = N') N'Elisabet
3) Though en, na
are the traditional
personal articles, el, la
are more common, and more direct. You can say El Roger
"Roger" if this guy is your friend, a person of your family... Also if he is the president of your country, but it's preferable to say En Roger
when you talk with non-familiar people: for example, if you're on TV talking about the (hipothetic) president Roger, you'll say En Roger, president de...
"Roger, president of...", but you won't say El Roger, president de...
Remember, en, na
it's more formal. El, la
it's more familiar.