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Why do Spanish words have gender?

Gender is a grammatical feature that was present in Proto-Indo-European, that is, the common ancestor of a diverse group of languages including both English and Spanish, as well as Greek and Hindi. ...
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Why is "la Gestapo" feminine?

In all the Romance languages, gestapo is feminine despite its ending. It is most likely that whichever language first imported it (probably either French or Italian) figured that because gestapo ...
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Mismatching word gender in Spanish

Well, your teachers might get upset if I tell you this but: it's a lie, you will be understood. I guess they say it to encourage you to correct your mistakes. You should correct them anyways. I trust ...
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Why are Spanish adverbs formed using the feminine?

(English version; loose Spanish translation follows) Latin mens, mentis produced ablative mente This practice began all the way back in Classical Latin, passed into Vulgar Latin and Proto-Romance and ...
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¿Es "la azúcar" o "el azúcar"?

The Diccionario panhispánico de dudas tells us: azúcar 1. ‘Sustancia cristalizada usada para endulzar’. Es válido su uso en ambos géneros, aunque, si va sin especificativo, es mayoritario su empleo ...
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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?

Actually it's not a gender reversal but a tradition that survives (inherited from Latin). The complete rules are intrincate and arbitrary, kind of "well that sounds good to me", full of exceptions ...
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Gender of adjectives when no noun is defined

Colors in Spanish usually work as nouns, besides being adjectives. Color nouns are always masculine: el blanco, el negro, el azul, el rojo; even color nouns derived from feminine nouns are masculine: ...
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¿Es correcto usar "@" para significar femenino/masculino?

La RAE dijo que no es correcto usar "@" para indicar los dos géneros de una palabra porque el símbolo no es una letra. Fuente: http://www.europapress.es/cultura/exposiciones-00131/noticia-rae-...
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¿El o la app? ¿Un o una app?

Es una aplicación (en femenino). La definición y la explicación vienen de hace años, cuando aún no existía el boom que ha sufrido el mundo de la telefonía y del desarrollo web y de aplicaciones. ...
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¿Es "la amoladora" o "el amoladora"?

El agua lleva el porque, a pesar de que agua es palabra femenina (decimos que está fría), la primera sílaba es tónica y el primer fonema es /a/. Si colocamos un adjetivo entre el artículo y el ...
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Is "número" masculine or feminine?

Indeed. What's happening is there's an omited word(s). For example, if I'm describing the room, I can use any of the following: Mi habitación es la grande. Mi habitación es la del fondo. Mi ...
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Is there a way to differentiate between uncles, aunts, grandparents?

You could say tío paterno or tío materno Which is exactly what we do in English.. My paternal grandfather's name is James.
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¿Es posible ocultar mi género en Internet al hablar en español?

Lo que pasa es que el masculino es el caso no marcado, y el femenino es el marcado (singular y plural función casi de igual forma), pero obviamente eso no ayuda en Internet. Hay textos que se han ...
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Why is "la Gestapo" feminine?

Is it because it is associated with policía? The answer is yes according to the DPD (Diccionario Panhispánico de Dudas): sigla. 1. Se llama sigla tanto a la palabra formada por las iniciales de ...
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How do you say "I have two sons"?

Check ¿Por qué el género masculino suele dominar a la hora de referirse a colectivos? Feminine is the "exclusive" gender, while masculine is the "inclusive". From RAE's guidelines ...
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Why do fruits seemingly have two genders?

We use "fruta" to refer to some of the juicy fruits of some trees, but "fruto" to refer to the product of something. La pera es el fruto del peral. You can use "fruto" in another contexts like ...
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Why do names of professions mostly have the feminine ending -a?

Pediatra, taxista, turista and policía are not feminine but common gender: they are invariable and can function either as masculine or feminine; this will be manifest by the form of the articles, ...
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Dado que COVID-19 es la enfermedad, ¿sería más correcto decir "la COVID-19"?

La RAE (por exactamente esas razones) considera el uso femenino justificado, aunque nota que hay precedente para su uso masculino mayoritario: COVID-19 La Organización Mundial de la Salud ha ...
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Is it possible to refer to a wife as "una marida?"

There are words that have masculine and feminine but there are others that don't. Even in English you have horse and mare (caballo yegua), bull and cow (toro vaca), husband and wife (marido y mujer /...
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How does one use a single adjective to describe two or more nouns of different genders?

Your answer can be found in section 3.2 on the Diccionario panhispánico de dudas. Below is a translation of the original text: 3.2. One adjective postposed to several nouns. When one adjective ...
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¿Demasiado o demasiada?

Trátase en este caso de un adverbio, porque demasiado modifica común y no tú. Cuando demasiado es adverbio, es invariable y termina en -o, así que podemos decir que aquella persona debió decir «y tú ...
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¿"No lo es" con objeto femenino?

Según la NGLE (37.1i-37.1k), los atributos de los verbos copulativos como parecer se sustituyen por el pronombre neutro lo independientemente de su género y número.
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Do Spanish street names not follow grammatical gender rules?

Note that many streets are named after people. Sometimes names coincide with adjectives. For example, you might have the Calle de Javier Rojo Gutiérrez. Over time, people call it Calle Javier Rojo ...
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¿Por qué es la palabra «mano» femenina?

1. Why most nouns ending -o are masculine, and -a are feminine Spanish is a Romance language, which means it is descended from Latin. In Latin, nouns fell into 5 groups, depending on how they were ...
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¿Qué género tienen los extranjerismos?

Dependiendo de la terminación de la palabra, se le atribuye un género masculino, femenino, neutro o ambos géneros. Un DJ (Disk jockey) puede ser el DJ así como la DJ. En la misma línea de ejemplo ...
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¿Qué género tienen los extranjerismos?

Contacté con la RAE a través de su espléndida sección "Español al día" y he aquí lo que respondieron. No cito textualmente, pues solamente se me autoriza a utilizar parte del contenido de su respuesta:...
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Listing mixed male and female nouns. Muchos or muchas?

If you start with a female one, you start with muchas. If you start with a male one, you start with muchos. In your example we have Tiene muchas playas, montañas, tiendas y restaurantes. Since ...
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¿Es correcto usar "@" para significar femenino/masculino?

Además de la recomendación de la RAE, permitidme añadir unos argumentos por los que yo personalmente estoy en contra de este uso de @: No aporta nada, pues ya existe en castellano una forma para ...
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I see evidence that "las fieras" is more frequent than "los fieros." If true, why?

You have the answer in both the entry of the RAE and the answer to a very recent question about the order of modifiers in Spanish. First, fiero can be an adjective. See meanings starting with "adj." ...
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