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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 al caballero, ¿puedo decir "el pareja de baile"? ¿O todavía lleva la?

Me parece extraño decir "Miguel es la pareja de baile de María", pero español no es mi lengua nativa.


I need to speak about dancing, and it looks like I'm going to use the word pareja a lot, since it refer to the lady, the gentleman, and the couple, if I am understanding correctly.

When I use pareja to refer to the gentleman, can I say "el pareja de baile"? Or do I still use la?

It seems strange to me to say "Miguel es la pareja de baile de María" but I'm not a native Spanish speaker.

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Pareja as a noun is always feminine, regardless whom it refers to, and should use the article la.

It is called an epicene noun and may refer to anything of either gender despite having a single constant gender. Other epicene nouns include words like víctima, persona, bebé and miembro. That said, the DPD recognizes that in Colombia, a masculine form parejo has developed, but it will sound very odd to speakers of most dialects.

When used as an adjective, however, it varies in number and gender (parejo/a/os/as) and means same/similar or flat/straight.

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La palabra Pareja es por decirlo de una forma, "femenina", por lo cual siempre va con la.

Hay excepciones a la regla, pero no para está palabra justamente.

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