Questions tagged [género]

Preguntas sobre el género gramatical y su concordancia en nombre, adjetivo y pronombre. // Questions about grammatical (and natural) gender and agreement in the Spanish noun, adjective, and pronoun.

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Why is "agua" masculine in singular form and feminine in plural? "El agua" / "Las aguas" ¿Por qué decimos "el agua" si es una palabra femenina?

This is a canonical question / Esta es una pregunta canónica English Is there any rule that says that feminine nouns that start with "A" are converted to masculine or is it just done for ...
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¿Por qué el color "marrón" no tiene femenino "marrona"? En general, ¿por qué tan pocos colores tienen género femenino diferenciado?

Dentro del precioso proceso de aprendizaje del idioma, mi hija de tres años ya ha cogido bastante soltura. Ello se ve con la facilidad que deduce palabras en función de las reglas que poco a poco va ...
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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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Why are Spanish adverbs formed using the feminine?

To form adverbs in Spanish, you take your chosen adjective, e.g. lent@ - slow, turn it into the feminine form, lenta, then add -mente, lentamente - slowly. Why do you use the feminine form here? In ...
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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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¿Por qué es la palabra «mano» femenina?

En español, tenemos una regla en la cual, generalmente, se puede tener fe: Si una palabra termina con -o, es masculina. Sin embargo, palabras que terminan en -e o -a también pueden ser palabras ...
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Dado que COVID-19 es la enfermedad, ¿sería más correcto decir "la COVID-19"?

En estos tiempos (marzo-abril 2020) he escuchado a unos periodistas decir el COVID-19 y a otros decir la COVID-19. Tengo entendido que COVID-19 es la enfermedad. Entonces, ¿sería más correcto decir ...
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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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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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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 spelling,...
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Determining gender of words ending in "e"

When learning Spanish, there are basic rules taught about word gender: words ending in o are usually masculine, words ending in a are usually feminine. What about words ending in e? Are there any ...
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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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¡Buenas! greeting in morning

Another question brings up the fact that in many countries, ¡Buenas! is used as a greeting (as an abbreviation of Buenas tardes or Buenas noches). In regions where this is the case, what should be ...
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Is the use of @ instead of 'a' or 'o' in order to refer to both masculine and feminine accepted?

I have seen several times the use of @ instead of 'a' or 'o' for referring to masculine and feminine words at the same time. For example: Hola a tod@s. Is this an accepted use?
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Is it possible to refer to a wife as "una marida?"

I know that "el marido" means "the husband" and that it can also be translated as "spouse," but I see no strong evidence that one would refer to a spouse of feminine biological gender as "una marida." ...
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What percentage of nouns ending in -a are masculine and what percentage of nouns ending in -o are feminine?

I was going through a discussion thread over at duolingo ("How to use El and La in Spanish"), when I came upon the following question: Anyone know the percentage of Spanish nouns ending in -a that ...
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Why is "la Gestapo" feminine?

Why is the word Gestapo feminine? Almost all other (non-abbreviated) loanwords I can think of ending in -o have been absorbed as masculine. Is it because it is associated with policía?
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¿Es "la azúcar" o "el azúcar"?

I'm a bit confused: Is "sugar" "la azúcar" or "el azúcar"? If both are correct: Does it depend on the context? Are there more words where both articles can be used?
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Are gendered objects explicitly of that gender?

This question betrays my poor beginner's Spanish, but what the heck... Do native/fluent Spanish speakers regard masculine/feminine nouns as possessing intrinsic "male/female" qualities, if only ...
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Agreement of adjectives with nouns

¿Es correcta esta frase? Coge la bolsa por el asa pequeño.
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Why so much controversy over a little old word like "sartén"?

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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Las palabras definidas como género 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". ...
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Palabras con diferencia de género según la región

El Diccionario de la Lengua recoge en pollero, ra dos acepciones casi idénticas: 2. m. y f. Méx. Persona que transporta trabajadores indocumentados a los Estados Unidos de América. 4. m. El ...
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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 "gramps"...
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¿Por qué el género masculino suele dominar a la hora de referirse a colectivos?

Últimamente ha pasado por mis manos un documento hablando del tema del lenguaje sexista y, long story short, venía hablando de hacer referencia siempre a doctores/doctoras, profesores/profesoras, etc. ...
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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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¿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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¿Es posible ocultar mi género en Internet al hablar en español?

He notado que en inglés existen ciertas formas de enmascarar el género de alguien cuando se desconoce o no se quiere indicar. Por ejemplo, en sitios como The Workplace o Interpersonal skills se ...
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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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Llevar + past participle: agreement with object

Llevar can be used with a past participle as a phrasal verb and the construct vaguely translates into something like to have been: Lleva cerrado esa tienda desde 1990. That store has been closed ...
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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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¿Cuándo un aumentativo cambia el género del sustantivo?

Al respecto de ¿Por qué es bajón antónimo de subidón?, me surge la duda de por qué a veces el aumentativo de un nombre femenino mantiene su género, como señora/señorona, mientras que otras cambia, ...
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Male vs. Generic noun gender ambiguity

"Hermanos" means both "brothers" and "siblings". How do you know which is meant?
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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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¿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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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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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 en ...
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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 subject ...
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¿Latinoamérica: por qué se usa "latino" con un sustantivo feminino?

El sustantivo "América" es feminino y "latino" es adjetivo. Así, ya que los adjetivos han de concordar con los sustantivos que modifican, ¿por qué se usa "latino" en lugar "latina" en el sustantivo ...
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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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Género de las profesionales del modelaje: ¿por qué no se dice "la modela"?

Escuché de pasada en un programa de televisión a un comentarista hablar de "la modela", refiriéndose a una señorita que ejerce el modelaje. Pensé que fue un lapsus, pero no, era sistemático y ...
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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 etymology of "la magneto"?

La magneto is rare among -o terminal words in that it is feminine (at least in some dialects). The DLE gives its ultimate etymology as: Del lat. magnes, -ētis 'imán1'. Given the word has clearly ...
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Agreement of noun adjective: Should I use masculine or feminine for the adjetive with this noun?

How do you translate "the first Easter Hare" correctly? Someone (a native) told me: La pimer liebre de Pascua but I think it must be: La primera liebre de Pascua Since it's a female hare, ...
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Why is a feminine adjective used in "El agua poco profunda"? [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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¿Se dice “El administración” o “la administración”?

Escuchando un programa de Ecuador he observado que el presentador usó la expresión “el administración del tiempo”. Buscando en internet encontré las ambas formas de articulación ("el ...
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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 ...