Questions about grammatical (and natural) gender and agreement in the Spanish noun, adjective, and pronoun.

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Gender-Number Agreement with Feminine Adjectives

I take a beginners spanish course in school and came across this blip one day. I was trying to describe a girl in a photo wearing pink socks as la niña lleva calcetines rosas. My teacher then said ...
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¿El o la app? ¿Un o una app?

La recomendación de la Fundéu es no abreviar y usar «aplicación» o, si se quiere abreviar, hacerlo de una forma más ¿española? y abreviarlo como «apli». Sin embargo es «app» lo que se sigue usando en ...
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Beyond memorisation and time, how can you master Grammatical Gender in Spanish? [closed]

How can adult L2 learners learn, master, and remember Grammatical Gender more efficiently? Memorisation and time do not improve advanced L2 learners. Are there shortcuts or patterns or rules for ...
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Why is it “el arte moderno” and “las artes finas”?

(I'm a native Spanish speaker.) Why the apparent change of gender?
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Diferencias en palabras de género entre humanos y animales

En inglés tenemos ciertas palabras que se usa más a referirse al género de los humanos: man/woman boy/girl Y no usamos esas palabras para referirse a animales. Para animales usaríamos más male y ...
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¿Es correcto usar “@” para significar femenino/masculino?

He visto bienvenid@s con una @ para significar bienvenidos/bienvenidas. Casi estoy seguro que he visto otras palabras también en cuales meten @ para significar masculino/femenino, pero no puedo ...
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¿Se dice “el pareja de baile” para referirse al caballero?

Necesito hablar sobre el baile, y parece que voy a usar la palabra pareja mucho: puede significar tanto la dama como el caballero como los dos juntos, si entiendo bien. Cuando la uso para referirse ...
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Where do you specify gender in a sentence?

I am studying Spanish with the Michel Thomas Method. It says that in Spanish, the gender is often not specified. For example: no lo compra - he/she is not buying puede mandárselo - can you ...
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Listing mixed male and female nouns. Muchos or muchas?

If I'm listing four things, three of which are female, would I say muchas or muchos? Tiene muchos playas, montañas, tiendas y restaurantes If restaurantes is male then do I start the sentence ...
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¿Por qué se usa el género femenino en estos casos?

En la frase "Nueva York," ¿por qué es el adjetivo "nuevo" declinado al género femenino? Pensaba que el masculino era el género predeterminado. Entonces por qué es el género femenino usado? ...
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Is there a way to differentiate between uncles, aunts, grandparents?

My wife told me that in Persian/Farsi, there are different words for "uncle", "aunt", "grandfather" and "grandmother" that indicate which side of the family they are from (father's brother, or ...
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¿Qué género tienen los extranjerismos?

Me he encontrado con el anglicismo "babymoon" y me ha surgido la duda: ¿Debo decir "el babymoon" o "la babymoon"? Y más en general, ¿cómo se determina el género de los extranjerismos? Por ejemplo: ...
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Using gender for nouns in a game

I’m writing a card matching game and want to show the name of the item on the card and say the name of the item. In previous games where we ask the child to find a shape, we’ve left out the gendered ...
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Is “Abue” both grandfather AND grandmother?

I know that "grandfather" is "Abuelo" in Spanish and that "grandmother" is "Abuela" in Spanish. I heard a youngster refer to his grandfather as "Abue" (OB-way); I guess this is something like ...
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What is the gender classification of a word which can take either gender?

A few words in Spanish have no specific gender. Generally (to my knowledge) these words refer to people, and the gender follows the gender of the person about whom is being spoken. Some examples: ...
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Gender agreement with “fin de semana”

Would it be el fin de semana próxima or el fin de semana próximo for next weekend? And how would you say last weekend in Spanish?
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Why do fruits seemingly have two genders?

Why fruits seemingly have two genders? (or maybe being bi-gender would be a better way to put it). I came across this phrase: "...frutas, verduras, cereales y frutos secos" So "la fruta" is ...
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Choosing gender of adjectives or object pronouns

I can best explain my question with an example. I am eating a delicious beefsteak (el bistec) at a friend´s house. I want to express how good it is, so without saying ´beefsteak´ I say, Está muy ...
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Este o Esto. Which one to use, when, where, why?

On Duolingo, I translated "I throw this" as "Yo tiro este" but it was wrong; the correct translation was "Yo tiro esto". But doesn't whether it's "este" or "esto" depend on the gender of the noun ...
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Agreement of adjectives with nouns

¿Es correcta esta frase? Coge la bolsa por el asa pequeño.
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Concordancia de género en el plural con adjetivos disyunctivos

Si tenemos dos cosas que comparten un sustantivo y solo se diferencian por un adjetivo, es posible escribir el sustantivo en plural y los adjetivos en singular (ejemplos del DPD): Las razas negra y ...
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Why so much controversy over a little old word like “Pan”?

According to translate.com, "the pan" is "el sartén". According to duolingo, the object suffers from gender confusion and can be either "el sartén" or "la sartén" Why would it have two different ...
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Género para “The TARDIS”

En una pregunta ya contestada anteriormente, Why do Spanish words have gender?, se decía que es muy subjetivo asignar un género a una palabra extranjera que se integra al español. Si en la lengua ...
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Shouldn't agua be profundo instead of profunda? [duplicate]

According to Duolingo, the phrase "The water is not deep" should be translated "El agua no es profunda." instead of what I guessed, "El agua no es profundo." Since "agua" is masculine (el), shouldn't ...
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Why is “El agua poco profunda” feminin? [duplicate]

Why is "el agua poco profunda" and not "profundo"? Agua is masculine although it ends with an "a". And from all what i've learnt so far it should be profundo.
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Why do Spanish words have gender?

English: What is the origin of gender in Spanish words? (la mesa, el perro) I come from another language (English) that doesn't have gender for nouns, except maybe a few things like ships, planes, ...
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Origin of gender-neutral nouns such as “la/el artista”, “la/el testigo”, “la/el poeta”

English: This question is more out curiosity than anything else, but I was wondering if there is a reason that nouns like "artista", "testigo", and "poeta" are gender neutral, meaning the word ending ...
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Is “número” masculine or feminine?

English: Consider this sentence "Mi habitación es la número cinco." Why couldn't "número" be masculine as in "el número cinco"? Does it have something to do with the gender of "habitación"? I'm ...
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Why doesn't “verde” become “verda” when paired with a feminine noun?

Why does "verde" remain the same whereas "blanco" becomes "blanca" and "rojo" becomes "roja" in this sentence? "La bandera italiana es verde, blanca y roja" Green ("verde") retains the same ...
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¿Cuál es la regla para asignar el género a cantidades numéricas?

Hace unos días pregunté sobre el caso de Millonas. Sé que es un dísparate por decirlo del alguna manera. ¿Cómo lo sé? Por intuición, no sabría explicarlo mas que me suena a un dísparate. En ...
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Millones y Millonas

Viendo un video de Nicolas Maduro presidente de Venezuela el dice: Millones y millonas de Bolivar. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrXQkPOvI7A en 0:42 ¿Es correcto decir millonas o es un modismo ...
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¿Cuál es la concordancia de género apropiada?

En la oficina tenemos un jefe, y a una compañera le he dicho: "Él va a seguir siendo jefe tuyo" Ante lo que me ha surgido la duda, al ser "jefe de ti" ¿debería decirse "jefe tuya"?, ya que "ti" en ...
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What is the article for Avestruz?

Do you say Los avestruces or Las avestruces? I think I've seen both. Maybe both are accepted? In singular it is easier, and maybe it just extrapolates to the plural. In singular it's El avestruz, in ...
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“Empanada”, “Emparedado”, and their genders

Lately, I've started noticing how some Spanish nouns are merely past-participles of verbs (with the addition of a "-ado/-ada" suffix), and that those verbs are sometimes derived from other nouns by ...
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What is the significance of the gender of a noun in Spanish? [closed]

I'm just relying on memorization to conjure the gender of nouns. Perhaps if I understood etymologically why these genders came about, I would have an easier time remembering. There are three ...
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What is the gender of adjectives that describe implied nouns?

I went to a Mexican restaurant and this is how my conversation went: Yo: Quiero un vaso de agua de sandía. Camarera: ¿Chica o Grande? Yo: Chica. Why did the waitress use "chica" ...
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Identifying masculine and feminine words

Are there any tips to quickly identify words in Spanish as 'male' or 'female'? I am a new learner and have trouble with this.
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¿Se debe decir jefe o jefa al referirse a una persona de sexo femenino?

Mi jefe en el trabajo es una mujer. ¿Cómo es la forma correcta de referirse a un jefe que es mujer? ¿jefe o jefa? Algunos compañeros de trabajo le dicen jefa, yo le digo por su nombre sin embargo ...
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¿Cómo se usa la forma femenina de tema?

He leído que la palabra tema se puede usar en la forma femenina: la tema. ¿Qué significa la tema, y cómo se usa? ¿Es común? ¿Cuál es la diferencia entre el tema y la tema?
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¿Cuál es el diminutivo de mano, foto, moto, etc.?

Para las palabras que son femeninas pero terminan en o, ¿cuál es la forma diminutiva? O sea, ¿es el diminutivo de foto fotito o fotita? Y para mano, ¿es manito o manita? En el caso de mano, creo que ...
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Género de derecha/o e izquierda

¿Por qué las palabras derecha e izquierda (en oraciones como "doblar a la derecha") tienen el género femenino y no el masculino? Y ¿por qué derecho (en masculino) significa "recto," pero derecha (en ...
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What are the differences between “el mar” and “la mar”?

Another question touched on this issue, but I wanted to ask in more detail. Mar is a noun that can be masculine or feminine. I have heard that there are subtle differences in connotations between the ...
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Why is the phrase “¡Hasta la próxima!” feminine?

Español Trad. de la pregunta: ¿Por qué es femenina la frase "¡Hasta la próxima!"? En la frase "¡hasta la próxima!, ¿por qué el género es femenino en lugar de masculino? ¿Es el género arbitrario, o ...
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Las palabras definidas como genero ambiguo como “internet” ¿se deben utilizar con artículo femenino o masculino?

Para el caso de la palabra "internet", tenía un profesor en preparatoria que comentaba que debería ser "la internet" puesto que "internet" es "la red de redes". Sin embargo aquí en México cuando ...
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What is the rule for cualquier, cualquiera, and cualesquiera?

I remember learning the rule for when to use cualquier, cualquiera, and cualesquiera, but was always confused about the exact differences. When should each be used, and what role do number, gender, ...
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¿Por qué mis amigas dicen “listo” en vez de “lista” cuando están listas para ir?

He tenido la impresión de que debo de usar "lista" cuando me refiero a una mujer. Por ejemplo: Ella está lista para ir. Pero es común oír a mis amigas decir solo listo en este contexto. ¿Por ...
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Convention for group-recited, gender-specific, self-referencing pronouns

What convention (or conventions) exist for words that are recited by a group of people, but refer to oneself using gender-specific pronouns? The most common context is probably group worship in a ...
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Using female nouns to refer to males, how are adjectives affected?

Here is an English example where someone is referring to a man as a turtle: That turtle is slow. He is angry because he will not win. (calling that man a turtle) In Spanish, the referenced ...
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What adjective ending to use with “algo masculino y/o algo femenino”

When you're using y/o with options of different genders, what's the correct ending to use for an adjective that modifies both? Specifically, I was writing: Si entras un usuario y/o contraseña ...
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Gender illusions?

This is a multiple question about genders. Recently I just wondered about this subject while writing and thought: Why is juez or concejal considered masculine while agente and detective are not? ...