GenderI - word usually ! There are exceptions to these two...

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A noun is a word used to denote a person, place, thing, or idea. Person: John, girl, dentist Place: garden, university, Venezuela Thing: book, car, tomato Idea: liberty, despair, intelligence In Spanish, all nouns are either masculine or feminine. Masculine Feminine el chico la chica boy girl el jardín la universidad garden university el libro la revista book magazine el miedo la libertad fear liberty The idea that nouns have gender seems perfectly natural when the noun stands for a living creature. This is because in English, living creatures often have different names, depending upon whether they are male or female. Masculine Feminine man woman tiger tigress aviator aviatrix
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The following Spanish nouns all denote living creatures. el gato male cat la gata female cat el perro male dog la perra female dog el chico boy la chica girl el abuelo grandfather la abuela grandmother "El" and "la" both mean "the." el chico (the boy) la chica (the girl) el perro (the male dog) la gata (the female cat) Nouns that end in -o are usually masculine. Nouns that end in -a are usually feminine. Notice the
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Unformatted text preview: word usually ! There are exceptions to these two rules and you will soon be learning them. One cannot predict the gender of a noun that stands for a non-living thing. One cannot predict the gender of a noun, except in the case of living creatures. Do not try to analyze the nature of the object, looking for some inherent masculinity or femininity. It won't work! When you learn a new noun, you should also learn its definite article (el, la). There are several reasons for this: Because you cannot predict the gender of most nouns. Because not every noun that ends in -o is masculine, and not every noun that ends in -a is feminine. Because many nouns end in letters other than o or a. Because the definite article (el, la) is your clue as to whether a noun is masculine or feminine....
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