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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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Palabra plural para padres (hombres)

He escrito esta oración: “Los padres de todos los personajes están ausentes.” En el cuento a cuál refiero, hay algunos personajes con madres ausentes, y otros con madres presentes, pero ninguno tiene ...
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Usage of ese/esa/eso with implied gender

A friend from Argentina (native) and I (non-native) have been arguing for the past few hours about the grammatical validity of the following bolded sentence: «Este hecho es interesante: Todo el ...
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Why is it "una", and not "uno", in this sentence when "favor" is masculine?

Why is the feminine “una” used instead of the masculine “un” at the end of the Spanish sentence, “Voy a hacerle un favor a Ben, le debe una”. Is it because this sentence is elliptical and refers to &...
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How does Spanish handle people that identify as binary as far as with noun + verb agreement? [duplicate]

As gender has become a more varied identification than just male and female for people, how is it dealt with in a language so entrenched in gender? would a binary person be - ellos and use the plural ...
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Meaning of repeated "gente" phrase [duplicate]

I listen to Spanish radio and regular invitation/welcome message is "Buenas tardes a la gente gente." I understand the words (I think) but I cannot figure out the role of repeated "...
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Meaning of “Se necesita señorita”

In Peru, I’ve been seeing job ads saying variants of “Se necesita señorita” to indicate they need some sort of waitress, shop assistant etc. I know that they’re merely looking for someone young rather ...
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Are there any masculine Spanish nouns ending in -ción or -dad (or just -ad)?

In Spanish there are well-known exceptions to the rule that nouns ending in -a are feminine (el día), and also to the rule that nouns ending in -o are masculine (la mano). But are there any nouns ...
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Is the word Idiota considered masculine, or feminine, or does it depend on the subject?

Is the word Idiota considered masculine, or feminine, or does it depend on the subject? For example, would I say "él es un idiota," "él es una idiota," or "él es un idiota y ...
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¿Por qué perro y gato tienen tanto género masculino como femenino?

En español las palabras tienen genero masculino, femenino o neutro. Algunas tienen más de uno. Es el caso de perro y perra, gato y gata. Sin embargo, en Latin, la palabra usada es única (canis y feles)...
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Why is Spain men's national football team nicknamed La Roja?

Spain men's national football team is nicknamed La Roja. But we know that the gender of an adjective should be the same with its noun. So why is it feminine while it is about a men's team? Also, why ...
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How to ask: "What are these?" (items of unknown gender)

If I have an object in my hand that I do not know the Spanish word for, I would ask "¿Qué es esto?" for "What is this?". Since there is no neuter plural pronoun, how do I ask &...
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Why do we have both "el arte moderno" and "el arte métrica"? What is the historical origin of this redundancy?

In "el agua fría", we have to use the article "el" because of the stressed "a". The same thing is seen in "el arte métrica". Now in "el arte métrica", ...
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"Todes les sábades y dominges"? What is this about?

I am looking at this restaurant menu and I see a heading that says "TODES LES SABADES Y DOMINGES": Why does it say "Todes les Sábades y Dominges"? I would expect "Todos los ...
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"No le creo a él o ella". ¿Por qué el pronombre?

I don't believe him or her. No le creo a él o ella. Seems that in indrect object pronoun is being used, correct? What is the indirect object here?
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Should Femboys be called El Femboy or La Femboy?

Simple question. For the word femboy (feminine boy), should we use El, or La in Spanish. There are two sides of the argument. One is because only a male can be a femboy, therefore we use El instead of ...
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Why are some singular masculine attributive adjectives treated like that?

All adjectives are either attributive or predicative. Predicative adjectives usually have four forms: singular feminine ending in "-a"; plural feminine ending in "-as"; singular ...
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Masculine or feminine [closed]

In the sentence " all of the region is surrounded by green areas/zones...", should it be ..? Todo la región está rodeado de zonas verdes o "Toda la región está rodeada de zonas verdes ...
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El vs La for Feminine Noun [duplicate]

Sometimes, we use el before a feminine noun, e.g. 'agua', 'ama', 'hambre' and the reason for the same is that the word starts with 'a' (or 'ha') and we do not want to have two 'a' one after another. ...
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Using "De él" for a noun

I have a question about using "de él" in Spanish. I was reading the following sentence as part of a review in a hotel during my Spanish class: Reservé una habitación individual en este ...
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¿Por qué cambiamos el artículo en palabras con género femenino por motivos de pronunciación, pero no hacemos lo mismo con las palabras en masculino?

Según ¿Por qué no se dice la agua? Cuando un sustantivo femenino (agua, águila, manzana…) empieza por A tónica, es decir, que el acento, la fuerza al pronunciar, está en esa A (tenga o no tenga tilde)...
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How does grammatical gender work for loanwords in Spanish? [duplicate]

Based on a hasty scan of non-Romance Spanish words in RAE’s Diccionario de la lengua española, loanword nouns that were absorbed into the language acquired a male grammatical gender. Examples include ...
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Is "femenina" the female equivalent of the English/Spanish word "macho"?

The OED defines the English word "macho" as a notably or ostentatiously masculine, tough, or vigorous man; one who is aggressively proud of his masculinity. ¿Is "femenina" the ...
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How to say Alpha Male and Alpha Female in Spanish?

How does one say Alpha Male (dominant, macho man) Alpha Female (dominant, femenina woman) in Spanish?
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¿Por qué dicen "la patria es primero" y no "primera"?

¿Por qué dicen La patria es primero y no La patria es primera También, por ejemplo, La panza es primero
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Boy cat turned out to be a girl - do we need to change the name ending?

We were given a kitten on Cinco de Mayo, and told it was male. We named him "Cinco". Then the vet told us that he is a she! So we figured we might need to call her "Cinca". As in ...
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¿Tiene 'alguien' algo que ver con géneros gramaticales?

Una persona me dijo que al usar la palabra 'alguien', ese alguien tiene que ser masculino. ¿Es cierto? Si lo es, ¿existe una palabra análoga para el género femenino?
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¿Cómo encontrar el artículo gramatical cuando usamos palabras del inglés en nuestras frases?

A modo de ejemplo, en programación podemos hablar de "la request de un usuario" como también "el request de un usuario" (solicitud de información a través del navegador). Si bien ...
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What is "his/her" in Spanish?

I am wondering on whether there is a "his/her" phrase in Spanish. In English, we just say "his/her", but in Spanish do we just say "su"? Or do we say something like "...
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¿El color "púrpura" o "púrpuro"?

"Color" es masculino, por lo que el artículo acompañado es "el". ¿Entonces por qué es "el color púrpura"? ¿O sea no se puede decir, por ejemplo, "un camisón púrpuro&...
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Why do some words which violate gender rules? What is the historical origin of this redundancy?

The word "joven" means "youth". A male youth is called "el joven" and a female youth is called "la joven". However, I noticed that there words like "la ...
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Colores en la forma feminina o masculina [duplicate]

Vi una oración en un libro El arte de no amargarse la vida (España): El resto fue a parar al mantel, que quedó teñido por una espesa mancha rojo oscuro. Si "rojo oscuro" se refiere a "...
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Why don't we say "un suéter naranjo" or "un suéter roso"? Why doesn't the gender of a color match with the gender of the noun?

In Origin of gender-neutral nouns such as "la/el artista", "la/el testigo", "la/el poeta" I was wondering about the gender of nouns. I have the same question for ...
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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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How to predict the gender of nouns with arbitrary endings?

We know that in Spanish and many other languages, nouns ending in -o are mostly masculine and nouns ending in -a are mostly feminine. We also know that in Spanish, nouns ending in -ión, -ción, -sión, -...
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What happens with indígena as an adjective for masculine nouns?

I think I understand how indígena works when used as a noun. No soy un indígena. Ella es una indígena. I am not an indigenous person. She is an indigenous person. But how does indígena work as ...
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'el hámster' or 'la hámster' if the hamster is female?

Which definite article ('el' or 'la'?) should be used if a hamster is female ('hembra')? I know that some spanish speakers pronounce 'hámster' as 'jámster' in which case I imagine that 'la' is used. ...
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Dos millones de personas están... ¿expuestas o expuestos? Un millón de personas... ¿tendrá o tendrán?

Me ha surgido la duda que explico a continuación sobre cómo se tiene que hacer la concordancia de género en frases con un predicado nominal en las cuales el sujeto contiene la expresión "millones de ...
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What is the gender (and number) of an svg?

Quiero traducir la oración en inglés: I found an svg. Pero estoy teniendo problemas con la palabra "svg". Creo que svg es mejor que gve (Gráficos Vectoriales Escalables) porque el wikipedio de ...
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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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How do you say "I have two sons"?

"Yo tengo dos hijos" means I have two children or I have two sons. I assume this means "children" by default, but how do you then say: "I have two sons"? Of course, I could add "Y no hijas" but this ...
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Rules on a default for Masculine / Feminine

We've got some web applications that are setup for internationalisation and the next language that we're moving to is going to be Spanish. As Spanish is a masculine/feminine language - I've of course ...
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¿Qué artículo se debe usar para un sustantivo femenino que empieza en "a" tónica cuando es implícito?

En la frase: El agua del río Danubio es muy sucia; la del río Tara, en cambio, es cristalina. Es correcto el uso del artículo femenino "la" para referirse al sustantivo implícito "agua", o se ...
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Problemas de concordancia

Entiendo esto más como una gracia, pero en serio me gustaría saber cómo se puede resolver este dilema de concordancia que se produce, esencialmente, porque la morfología colisiona contra la semántica, ...
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el desfile - la desfile?

En un episido de Netflix, Hilda, dos personajes usaban la palabra desfile, pero con dos géneros diferentes... A: "Bueno, alguien va al desfile de esta noche?" B: "Las desfiles son para los niños..." ...
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"Buen noche": Buen with feminine nouns?

What is the dialectal use of "buen noche"? It doesn't sound right to me, as "noche" is feminine, but, to be sure, I've make a Google search, and I've found several occurrences, including books. ...
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How do i tell which noun is what gender? [duplicate]

This is sort of a beginner's question but I seem to have trouble understanding this. I can never remember la or el or all the other ones on which word they go on. There doesn't seem to be a rule for ...
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Manejo de 'una' como indefinido

En el Diccionario Panhispánico de Dudas, se aclara que el pronombre indefinido uno puede ser usado por una mujer (...) si la mujer que habla no hace alusión directa a sí misma, sino que habla en ...
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Duda sobre el género de "bienhallado / a"

Si yo soy un hombre y una mujer me dice "bienvenido", ¿respondo con "bienhallado" o con "bienhallada"? Así mismo, si un hombre da la bienvenida a un grupo de mujeres, ¿deberían responder con "...
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How does one say "one of the artists" if the one referred to is female and the group of artists is either an all female group or a mixed group?

Here are a couple of scenarios to paint a clearer picture: I want to refer to a female artist among many female artists. Would the following be correct: una de las artistas ? I want to refer to ...
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Why is this adjective feminine here/what is it modifying?

I'm reading Wolfram Eilenberger's Tiempo de Magos, and I'm pretty puzzled by this chunk: Para los románticos, esta relación fundamental reflexiva de la autoconciencia era el ejemplo clásico de ...
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