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Confused about what makes nouns Masculine or Feminine?

Hola! I have struggled quite a bit to determine when I use el or la before a noun. So at last it occurred to me to just google for an explanation. Why I didn't do that before, I couldn't tell you! Here is a great link for a breakdown on what usually makes a noun either feminine or masculine.

http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/1

I was so excited after reading the first few paragraphs, thinking this will be a breeze! How did I miss this? Before I got too happy I should have known that of course there are exceptions to the rule! We will have to memorize those exceptions. Not too bad though. I have bookmarked this and I will study these. This will help me a great deal and I hope it helps anyone who has had the same problem.

4 years ago

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I'll try to help you a bit more. "La foto" and "la moto" aren't actually exceptions. Those are a short way of saying "la fotografía" and "la motocicleta", and in that case, they are following the rule because they end with -a. It's just that we native speakers are a bit lazy to say the whole word, so we just say "foto" and "moto". x)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LinLinMarie

Gracias. That is very helpful and it does make sense.

4 years ago

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yes, non living nouns have to be memorized, but there are a set of rules to help. I can't rmember all of it off the top of my head, but a couple are: words ending ...cion and ...dad (ie Cancion, humanidad, etc) are almost always La. Ill try and find a link

SpanishDict is great (check out the conjugation section too) and so is LearnSpanish.com (Grammar Lessons) It saved my butt on DL.

4 years ago

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found it: Nouns that end in -sión, -ción, -dad, -tad, -tud, -umbre are feminine, but that's just part of it see the link below...

Gender Of Nouns II - http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/genoun2.htm (learnspanish.com, redirects to studyspanish.com)

4 years ago

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great, gracias!

4 years ago

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sisi nenita estas muy hermosa que rico pancho osea que chocha

4 years ago