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Feminine and Masculine

Hola, friends. So I'm pretty new to Spanish and I wonder how I see the difference between feminine and masculine words in Spanish.

April 25, 2018



These links have some good insights into how to guess the gender of Spanish nouns if the article (le/la) is not there:

https://studyspanish.com/grammar/lessons/genoun1 https://studyspanish.com/grammar/lessons/genoun2

The good news is that if you remember the genders in Spanish, you'll already know them if you decide to learn French (where it is much harder to tell...)


Most words that end in "a" are feminine, while most that end in "o" are masculine. There are exceptions to this, such as "el mapa," but it is a good basic rule to follow. Words that end in "cion," like "direccion" and "educacion," are feminine. Some words don't really seem to have rhyme or reason--"la carcel" and "el hotel." The best advice I can give is to practice a lot and memorize the toughies. You'll get the hang of it eventually! :)


Thanks you for the help guys :)


form personal experience i would suggest not trying to learn forms for Feminine and Masculine, i did this, and OK it is helpful in the beginning, however after a while it is very unhelpful as there are so many exceptions. What I would suggest is just learning which form a word is s it comes up, although harder in the short term, it will cause less problems later on.

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