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Help a gringo: La amiga vs el amigo

Yo tengo muchas amigas en esta clase. Is translated as: I have a lot of friends in this class.

Why would I use amigas and not amigos? Should this be understood as that I have a lot of female friends in class or that the person saying this is female?

June 7, 2018

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

You have a lot of friends in the class, and ALL of those friends are female (which is understood through the gender of amigas). Therefore, you use muchAs amigAs.


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

Relevant, if the class has a mix of genders, resort to using "muchos amigos" since "muchas amigas" does require all female subjects.


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

Would you resort to masculine in a mixed class where all of your friends are female and none are male?


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

If all the friends are female then it would be amigas. If there is one male in the group then it becomes amigos


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Catherine966298

Wombatua, You are a wonderful teacher ! Love, Cat


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

Hi, as Songve indicated, this is the general "Duolingo" forum, and most people on Duolingo do not study Spanish. Could you please edit your original post and use the drop-down list at top left to change the topic from "Duolingo" to "Spanish"? That way it won't clutter up the general forum, and the answers you get might help others who are learning Spanish and browse through the forum looking for new info.

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Catherine966298

Lrtward, You are still my hero!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa

also good to know, there is both "gringo" and "gringa", depending on gender:

Mi hermano es un gringo. (masculine)

Yo soy una gringa. (feminine)


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

Also: You don't actually want to be pegged as a gringo or gringa. The only time that ever happened to me (well, the whole class) it was because my professor was being a jerk and led us into an area we weren't allowed in.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Camilla-danesa

that sounds like a whole interesting story right there.... :-)


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

The professor just led us into a room in a church that was not meant to be entered without permission as it was considered particularly sacred locally. Could hear the people ranting about gringos as we were being ushered out. It's not often the students on their own are better behaved than the professor.

Anyway, IME, if you're being called a gringo or a gringa it's because you're acting like an obnoxious/entitled tourist. And when we were being called that, we'd earned it. Sort of. I mean, the professor had earned it. He knew perfectly well we were not welcome into that area of the church. The rest of us were under the false impression he had permission.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alan36953

Hello, Chris. I am from Mexico, and actually, no one uses "amigas" for a plural, so don´t worry, with the exception that if there are only women in hat group, you use "amigas", but if mixed up or only men you use "amigos". Hope it helps.


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

In English, we have words like mankind. This is referring to men and women, though. I suppose it is a little rude and demeaning to woman but that is not the point. In Spanish , it is the other way round. Woman are the summary of people. Amigas is friends in Spanish, male and female ones. Amiga is female friend and amigo is male friend. Hope that helped.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/louisee.vo

If the friends you are talking about are all males or some are males and some are females, you use amigos. However, if all the friends you're talking about are females, you use amigas. Amigas can ONLY be used when all the friends you are talking about are females.

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