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  • Nouns Genders

    1 posts, 1 voices, 523 views, started Jan 19, 2009

    Posted on Monday, January 19, 2009


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      Yes spanish language has gender for its nouns.

      A noun is a word used to denote a person,place,thing or idea.

      Person: john, girl,dentist
      Place: garden, University, Venezuela
      Thing: book, car, tomato
      Idea: liberty, despair,intelligence

      In spanish, all nouns are either masculine or feminine

      Masculine:                              Femine:


      El chico = boy                       la chica = girl


      el jardin = garden                la universidad= university

      el libro - book                   la revista = magazine

      el miedo = fear                    la libertad - liberty

       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 upon whether they are male or female.

      Masculine Feminine
      man woman
      tiger tigress
      aviator   aviatrix

       The following Spanish nouns all denote living creatures.

      el gato
      male cat

      la gata
      female cat

      el perro
      male dog

      la perra
      female dog

      el chico
      la chica

      el abuelo

      la abuela

      How are all of these masculine nouns alike?

      el gato
      el perro
      el chico
      el abuelo

      Hint: look at both the beginning and the ending of each line.

      “El” and “la” both mean “the.”

      el chico (the boy)
      la chica (the girl)

      el perro (the male dog)
      la gata (the female cat)

      Note: These two words (el, la) are called “definite articles.” You will learn more about them in a later lesson.

      What do you notice about the last letter of these nouns?

      Masculine Feminine
      gato gata
      perro perra
      chico chica
      abuelo     abuela

      When you learn a new noun, you should also learn its definite article (el, la). There are several reasons for this:

      Because you cannot predict the gender of most nouns.
      Because not every noun that ends in -o is masculine, and not every noun that ends in -a is feminine.
      Because many nouns end in letters other than o or a.
      Because the definite article (el, la) is your clue as to whether a noun is masculine or feminine.


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