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.
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.
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)
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.