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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/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/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/halima_a2007

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/FelicianaVargas.

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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