"He and she are siblings."
Translation:Él y ella son hermanos.
600 women and 1 man - you still use the masc. 601 women and no men, use the fem.
Earlier in the lesson they used e for and. I had never heard of e for and used before but thought perhaps they were interchangeable. I even hovered over and to see what it said and e was listed so that's what I used. Why would it be wrong?
Pandora is partially right. You use E to avoid cacophony or the repetition of sounds: "hijo y hija" doesn´t sound well and you can´t differentiate the "y", so it sounds like "son -, daughter", instead of "son and daughter". As a rule you use "E" when the next word starts with an I. For example: "Es un hombre poderoso E invencible" (He is a powerful and invincible man). "Es honesto E incorruptible" (He is honest and incorruptible). And finally, remeber that, in some cases the H is mute, like in Hijo/hija, so the first sound is that of an I and thats the reason you sholud use E instead of Y. In the sentence used in this example: Él y ella son hermanos you don´t use E for the same reason: "El E Ella" doesn´t sounds right, you are repeating the E so, you use Y.
Then the earlier instructions shouldn't have told us that "e" is used when there is a vowel - which IS what was said. Next version, I want vicentillo013 and PandoraLynn to write the explanations so they makes sense. :-)
In my understanding, "e" is used only to make the sentence flow. For example between "hijo e hija" because if you used "y" you would be tripping over your tongue. So, I guess as a rule when you see "hi___" use "e" and anything else use "y".
Why would you use the masculine plural since there are two different genders here?
That's the rule. Mixed groups = masculine endings on verbs, nouns, pronouns,etc.
Men always are more powerful even if its one male and 100 females in a room you use masculine endings thats how i remember it or well thats the rule my profesora used
How in this sentence using "hermanos" is good and "ellos" is not? Like "Ellos son hermanos." If the gender is unknown and "hermano" is a male word, why it is correct to use the word?
Why can I not say "El y ella son hermano y hermana?" As in "they are brother and sister?" This does equate to siblings.