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Gender of Nouns

Introduction to masculine and feminine nouns in Spanish

Jamie Thompson

on 27 February 2013

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Transcript of Gender of Nouns

¿masculino o femenino? Gender of Nouns wait...what's a noun? nouns refer to people,
places, things, and ideas oh yeah! In English, nouns fall into three grammatical categories: masculine
neuter/unknown man
rooster woman
hen cousin
table In Spanish, ALL nouns fall into just two categories: masculine
feminine MOST nouns that end in
-o are masculine por ejemplo:
ojo feminine nouns use the definite article "la" masculine nouns use the definite article "el" el libro (the book)
el bolígrafo (the pen)
el ojo (the eye) MOST nouns that end in -a are feminine por ejemplo:
casa la carpeta (the folder)
la boca (the mouth)
la casa (the house) ¡cuidado! nouns that end in -ión and -dad
are usually feminine. nouns that
refer to women are feminine. por ejemplo:
la canción (the song)
la televisión (the tv)
la ciudad (the city)
la verdad (the truth)
la mujer (the woman)
la madre (the mother) There are exceptions to every rule. Words like "el día", "la mano", and "el problema" do not follow these general rules. Be sure to note these exceptions in your grammar journal.
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