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Lesson 2: Assignment

Gender of Nouns & Plural Words in Spanish

Spanish Vocabulary

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Before you proceed in learning the gender of nouns and plural words in Spanish, make sure you study this vocabulary list at least well enough to know it by heart.

Masculine Vs. Feminine

Masculine and Feminine Nouns

Unlike English, the Spanish language involves masculine and feminine words. Nouns are grouped into genders. You will be bumping into some exceptions, but most of the time masculine (masc.) nouns end in "o" and feminine (fem.) nouns end in "a."

Notice that "el" and "la" both mean "the," but here is the difference between the two.

  • "La" is for feminine words that usually end in "-a."
  • "El" is for masculine words that usually end in "-o."

El, La, Los, & Las all mean "The"

Singular and Plural Words

Just like the word "the" can be represented in the masculine or feminine form, it can also be represented in singular or plural form. You see...it always has to agree with whichever noun it is used with.

When we use el, la, los, or las, we need to ask ourselves these questions:

  • Is the word that it refers to masculine or is it feminine?
  • Is the word that it refers to singular or is it plural?

Un, Una, Unos, Unas all mean "A" or "An"

"A" or "An" is Used Like "The"

The same gender and plurality rules apply to the word "a" or "an."

  • "Una" is for feminine words that usually end in "-a."
  • "Un" is for masculine words that usually end in "-o."


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