Paso preliminar-gender and agreement

Paso preliminar-gender and agreement - Gender In this...

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Gender Gender In this presentation, we will look at two very important concepts in Spanish: gender and agreement.
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Gender Gender Look at these English words and guess whether they refer to male or female : Bull Hen Husband Niece Cousin Calculator Love
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Gender Gender Some are obvious: Bull (m.) Hen (f.) Husband (m.) Niece (f.) Others are unknown: Cousin (m. or f.) While others are neither (“neuter”): Calculator, love
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Gender Gender In English, nouns and pronouns fall into three grammatical groups: Masculine: man, husband, rooster, he Feminine: woman, wife, hen, she Neuter: child, bird, it
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Gender Gender In Spanish, all nouns fall into just two categories: Masculine (“masculino”) Feminine (“feminino”) There is no “neuter” class in which to place nouns such as “table” and “chair.”
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So what does this mean? So what does this mean? You should start thinking about Spanish nouns as being either masculine or feminine.
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Let’s take a look! Let’s take a look! Here are some nouns with their corresponding definite article (“the”): el niño (the boy) la niña (the girl) el profesor (the professor) la profesora (the professor) el amigo (the friend) la amiga (the friend)
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Let’s reorganize these words. Let’s reorganize these words.
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course SPAN 121 taught by Professor Losada during the Spring '08 term at South Carolina.

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