anonymous
  • anonymous
How do you tell what Spanish words are feminine and masculine? Are there any exceptions? I just want a proper answer with someone who knows.
MIT 21F Spanish I - IV (OCW)
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anonymous
  • anonymous
It's quite difficult actually well i believe for people that are just starting to learn Spanish that is. I am in fluent in Spanish so i don't have a problem knowing if they are talking about a woman or a man. One of the hardest things for people to get used to when learning Spanish is the idea that nouns (people, places, animals, things, ideas, and feelings) have a gender (male, female). There is always a question of "How can a table be feminine? and "How can a a book be masculine?" This doesn’t mean that the table or the book is physically feminine or masculine, but in a grammatical sense, the ending is. Why is gender so important in Spanish? Well, if a noun is masculine, then its descriptive adjectives and articles will also need to be masculine. In order to describe something accurately, an adjective must match a noun in both gender and number. For example: La manzana es roja. (The apple is red.) El plátano es amarillo. (The banana is yellow.) Masculine Nouns Most masculine nouns end in -o. Ending in an -o can indicate that a person or animal is male, or just an object, idea, etc. that is grammatically masculine. Common Masculine Noun that End in -O el cartero (mailman/postman) el niño (child/son) el tío (uncle) el teatro (theater) el dormitorio (bedroom) Feminine Nouns Most feminine nouns end in -a. Ending in an -a indicates that a person or animal is feminine or that an object, idea, etc. is grammatically feminine. Common Feminine Nouns that End in -A la enfermera (nurse) la profesora (teacher) la hija (daughter) la rosa (rose) la guitarra (guitar) la piscina (pool) I am not saying all words that end with -a have to be feminine and i am not saying all words that end with -o have to be masculine because they don't have to be and sometimes they aren't. For All Those Masculine Nouns that Don't End in -O... If it ends in -e, an accented vowel (á, é, í, ó, ú), -ma, or a consonant other than -d, -z, or ión, it's also masculine. For All Those Feminine Nouns That Don't End in -A... If it ends in -d, -z, or ión, it's also feminine. It's sort of confusing if you are just starting out and you are a beginner at learning Spanish but i believe you would get the hang of it later on, I hope this helped Amigo!(:
anonymous
  • anonymous
Thanks so much! :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
You are quite welcome!

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