habla

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Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin fābula (discourse)

Noun[edit]

habla f (plural hablas)

  1. speech (faculty of speech)
  2. speaking (action)

Usage notes[edit]

The feminine noun habla is like other feminine nouns starting with a stressed a sound in that it takes the definite article el (normally reserved for masculine nouns) in the singular when there is no intervening adjective:

el habla

However, if an adjective intervenes between the article and the noun, the article reverts to la.

Related terms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From the verb hablar

Verb[edit]

habla

  1. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of hablar.
    Habla. — “He [or she] speaks.”
    (Usted) habla.(formal singular) “(You) speak.”
  2. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of hablar.
    ¡Habla!(informal singular) The command, “Speak!”