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I could be wrong, but I'm fairly certain the original post was referring to the gender specifically of "Ellas" vs "Ellos", in which case, it's a valid point. It counts it wrong if you type in "The females/women/girls" or anything like that, it only accepts "They". Semantically speaking, that doesn't really make sense with respect to Spanish since you would likely never use "Ellas" to refer to males. It theoretically could be used for gender neutral "They", but the point is on this site, it ONLY accepts the gender neutral even though it should accept the feminine indication as well.
Unless I missed something vital between having a ton of family in Mexico and hearing it for like 10 years of my life. (Not trying to be snarky, just I've never seen evidence which suggests that you couldn't indicate it to be feminine).
If I've been been following this correctly, using "ellos" would mean the same thing ("they read our letters") except that "they" would refer to one of the following:
- a group of males
- a group of mixed gender
- a group where genders are unknown
Whereas "ellas" can only refer to a group of females.
(That's in formal usage anyway, there might be some other situations where it's used colloquially/as slang, maybe as an insult or something, I don't know)
It is true, they do read our letters. Every single morning I walk outside, prepared to read through letters of immense importance... but they are there. The crabs that eat bread. I scream in terror and run inside, watching through the window as the crabs begin to drink milk and read yet another letter. I wish I could read my letters, but I'm just too terrified.
Because "books" is male in spanish = los libros - nuestros libros - suyos libros (their books) and so on. "letters" is female in spanish = las cartas - nuestras cartas - suyas cartas (their letters). You do this all the time when you speak spanish, you adjust the pronouns (possesivos) by putting either "o" or "a" or the plural "os" or "as", in some cases there are exceptions but the general rule is that.