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A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea In Spanish, all nouns are either masculine or feminine. Masculine NounsFeminine Nouns el librola puerta el escritoriola cama el colegiola tarea
The idea that nouns have gender seems perfectly natural when the noun stands for a living creature. This is because in English, living creatures often have different names depending on whether they are male or female. MasculineFeminine boygirl grandfathergrandmother tigertigress uncleaunt
Certain nouns that denote living things have both a masculine and feminine form in Spanish. Masculine Feminine el gato---- male cat la gata---- female cat el abuelo--- grandfather la abuela--- grandmother el padre-- father la madre--- mother el chico--- boy la chica--- girl
el gato el abuelo el cuaderno el libro el coche el armario What does el mean?
la abuela la puerta la calculadora la ventana la tarea la chica What does la mean?
o Nouns that end in – o are usually masculine. a Nouns that end in – a are usually feminine. Notice the word usually. There are exceptions to these two rules!
You cant predict the gender of a noun, except in the case of living creatures. Do not try to analyze the nature of an object to look for masculine or feminine qualities! IT WONT WORK! Dress is a masculine word in Spanish--- el vestido Necktie is a feminine word in Spanish--- la corbata
When you learn a new noun, you MUST memorize its definite article (el or la).
Because you cannot predict the gender of most nouns. Because not every noun that ends in an –o is masculine, and not every noun that ends in an –a is feminine. Because many nouns end in letters other than –a and –o. Because the definite article is your clue as to whether a noun is masculine or feminine.
Good question! As you will see in upcoming lessons, Spanish grammar places a great deal of emphasis on gender.