Lo – Neuter Article

Spanish neuter article
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In addition to definite and indefinite articles, Spanish has a neuter article: lo. It’s invariable and can be used in front of just about any adjective in order to express something abstract or a quality.

Por ejemplo …

lo fácil   the easy thing, part
lo bueno   the good thing
lo bello   what’s beautiful
lo justo   what is just
lo mejor   the best part

Lo + adjective = The ___ thing

Lo + adjective is usually translated in English as "The (adjective) thing/part/one/style" or "What is (adjective)."

Por ejemplo …

Lo bueno nunca es fácil, lo fácil nunca es bueno.   What is good is never easy, what is easy is never good.
No viste lo mejor de la película.   You didn’t see the best part of the movie.
Lo importante es que estamos juntos.   What’s important is that we are together.
Me gusta lo azúl.   I like the blue one.
Vestís a lo americano.   You dress in the American style/like an American.
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Lo + adjective / adverb + que = How ___(!)

The construction lo + adjective or adverb + que means "How (adjective)":

Veo lo importante que es.   I see how important it is.
Olvidé lo bello que eres.   I forgot how beautiful you are.
¿Comprendes lo fácil que es?   Do you understand how easy it is?
¡No sabes lo feliz que estoy!   You don’t know how happy I am!
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Lo de (que)

When referring back to something that was said previously, the neuter article is used in the constructions lo de and lo de que. The meaning of both phrases is exactly the same, but whether to include que or not depends on the grammar that follows – learn more.

Lo de + adverb | infinitive | noun

Lo de que + indicative | subjunctive

Por ejemplo…

– José no trabaja mañana.    – José isn’t working tomorrow.
– Lo de mañana me sorprende.
– Lo de no trabajar me sorprende.
– Lo de José me sorprende.
  – That thing about tomorrow surprises me.
– That thing about not working surprises me.
– That thing about José surprises me.
– Lo de que no trabaja me sorprende.
– Lo de que no trabaje me sorprende.
  – That thing about him not working surprises me.

Spanish quizzes Neuter Article Quiz

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 Lo is also a neuter object pronoun.

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Lo bueno nunca es fácil, lo fácil nunca es bueno

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