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Fun with el, la, los, las Gender in español. English vs. Spanish In English, only living things have a gender. In English, only living things have a gender.

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1 Fun with el, la, los, las Gender in español

2 English vs. Spanish In English, only living things have a gender. In English, only living things have a gender. In Spanish, all nouns have gender. In Spanish, all nouns have gender. In Spanish there are two types of nouns: In Spanish there are two types of nouns: –Masculine –Feminine

3 Masculine vs. Feminine Masculine Most nouns end in Most nouns end in-o Examples: Examples: –Chico –Muchacho –Amigo –Libro Feminine Most nouns end in Most nouns end in-a Examples: Examples: –Fiesta –Chica –Amiga –Muchacha

4 Masculine vs. Feminine (continued) Just because el libro is considered masculine in Spanish does not mean that the book is actually male. Just because el libro is considered masculine in Spanish does not mean that the book is actually male. Just because la hamburguesa is considered feminine in Spanish does not mean that the fruit is actually female. Just because la hamburguesa is considered feminine in Spanish does not mean that the fruit is actually female. Compare it to ships – in English they are almost always named after females. Compare it to ships – in English they are almost always named after females.

5 Plural Nouns Most singular nouns end in –o or –a Most singular nouns end in –o or –a To make nouns that end in a vowel plural add an –s. To make nouns that end in a vowel plural add an –s. –Example: Amiga Amigas To make nouns that end in a consonant plural add an –es. To make nouns that end in a consonant plural add an –es. –Example: Animal Animales

6 Definite Articles (THE) There are four definite articles in Spanish. They match the gender of the noun. Masculine Singular = el Plural = los Feminine Singular = la Plural = las

7 Definite Articles (THE) There are four definite articles in Spanish. Masculine Singular = el – –Example: El amigo Plural = los – –Example: Los amigos Feminine Singular = la –Example: La fiesta Plural = las –Example: Las fiestas

8 Práctica 1. ____ muchacho 2. ____ muchachas 3. ____ profesora 4. ____ profesores 1. ____ muchachos 2. ____ chica 3. ____ profesor 4. ____ amigo

9 Práctica 1. el muchacho 2. las muchachas 3. la profesora 4. los profesores 1. los muchachos 2. la chica 3. el profesor 4. el amigo


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