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.

June 17, 2012

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.

June 17, 2012

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?)

June 17, 2012

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

Thanks everyone!

June 18, 2012

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)

June 18, 2012
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