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Emphatic value of definite articles

As we saw in last week's episode, the Spanish articles are used to emphasize certain words in a sentence. The definite article and the neutral article "lo" also have that function.

1.- With exclamatory and suspension intonation, the neutral article lo is used in statements of emphatic intent:

¡Lo grande que es esta casa!
What a great big house!

¡Lo listas que son estas niñas!
How smart these girls are!

The neutral article can also be used in front of adverbs with the same emphatic intent:

¡Lo bien que canta!
What great singing skills he has!

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