MYTUTOR SUBJECT ANSWERS

405 views

Why are some Spanish words masculine and others feminine?

Many languages, for example Spanish, French, German and Russian give their nouns (naming words e.g. dog, table, grandmother) a gender. English is the exception here, so lucky us, but this does make it a bit more difficult when learning a language. 

Masculine nouns (e.g. el perro, el padre) use 'el' for 'the' and 'un' for 'a/one', wheras feminine nouns (e.g. la tortuga, la madre) use 'la' and 'una'. 

When talking about people, this is easy: if you have a brother, he's 'el hermano' and a sister, 'la hermana'. The same goes for auntie and uncle: la tía, el tío.

But for most nouns, you just have to learn it and often the word will give you a clue as to its gender. 

Think of 'o' in Spanish as masculine and 'a' as feminine. If a word ends in one of those two letters, the rule almost always applies. So 'el banco' (the bank) is masculine but 'la mesa' (the table) is feminine. This might seem strange but stick with it! 

Other suffixes (word endings) also give hints to the gender, for example words ending in 'ción' or 'dad', e.g. la información, la ciudad are always feminine. 

Don't worry too much about this, it's a strange concept but as your understanding grows, you'll have a natural feeling for the gender of a word - i promise!

Liam I. GCSE French tutor, A Level French tutor, 13 Plus  French tuto...

1 year ago

Answered by Liam, who has applied to tutor 13 Plus Spanish with MyTutor


Still stuck? Get one-to-one help from a personally interviewed subject specialist

40 SUBJECT SPECIALISTS

£18 /hr

Charles R.

Degree: Modern Languages (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: Spanish, French+ 1 more

Spanish
French
-Personal Statements-

“I am a French & Spanish student at Durham University. I am currently nearing the end of a 6 month work placement at a marketing agency in Paris, and will be beginning a work placement in Spain in the new year.  I am an immensely drive...”

MyTutor guarantee

£18 /hr

Melissa N.

Degree: Spanish and ab initio Italian (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: Spanish, Italian+ 3 more

Spanish
Italian
.MLAT (Modern Languages)
-Personal Statements-
-Oxbridge Preparation-

“About Me: I am studying Spanish and Italian at Durham University. I have always loved helping other people with their language skills, and hope that I will create a fun and friendly environment in my tutorials. My friends would descri...”

MyTutor guarantee

£18 /hr

Colombe D.

Degree: Business and Management (Bachelors) - Durham University

Subjects offered: Spanish, French

Spanish
French

“Hi! I am currently a 2nd year Durham University undergraduate in Business and Management. I am French and did a French baccalauréat. I will go on my year abroad next year and will come back for my fourth year in main Durham! I've been...”

MyTutor guarantee

About the author

£18 /hr

Liam I.

Degree: Modern Languages (Bachelors) - Newcastle University

Subjects offered: Spanish, German+ 1 more

Spanish
German
French

“I`m Liam and I`d love to help you/your son/daughter learn another language. I`ve lived all over the World and am currently finishing my Bachelors at Newcastle University in Modern Languages. I speak French, Spanish and German fluently ...”

MyTutor guarantee

You may also like...

Other 13 Plus Spanish questions

What is the difference between "ser" and "estar"?

What is a radical changing verb?

How do I know which words have "el" or "la" as their article?

Why are some Spanish words masculine and others feminine?

View 13 Plus Spanish tutors

Cookies:

We use cookies to improve our service. By continuing to use this website, we'll assume that you're OK with this. Dismiss

mtw:mercury1:status:ok