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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Naom11

probably a dumb question

How do you know when they are talking about girls/kids or similarly boys/kids

June 17, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sarahpw

Girls/kids ends in 'as'. Boys/kids ends in an 'os'. If you are talking about a mixture of boys and girls then the 'os' ending is used.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ankon

Usually you would know this from the context of the bigger text the sentence would appear in. It seems duolingo treats them as synonyms in the exercises.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Almonaster

Sarahpw is spot on when translating from Spanish.

If you're translating from English, then kids could be either. I would suggest making niños your default, since it's more often correct, and I think would be used for an unknown case (Tienes niños?)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Naom11

Thanks everyone!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KneeHow

When the word is singular, -o means boy and -a means girl. But when the words are plural, -os means all males or a mixture, and -as is reserved for exclusively female groups. As in English, the masculine form is the default or general form (with the exception being éste/ésta/ésto. éste is masculine and ésto is neutral)

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