Definite articles come before a specific object or an identifiable person:
|♀||La||Las||La niña, las doctoras the girl, the (female) doctors|
|♂||El||Los||El niño, los profesores the boy, the (male) teachers|
Notes: La changes to el in front of a feminine noun that begins with the letter a- or a stressed ha-:
El agua está fría.
The water is cold.
El hambre era tremenda.
The hunger was terrible.
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