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Why is good night feminine and good morning masculan

Good night is buenas noches and good morning is buenos dias

5 months ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
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Everything in Spanish has a gender. Noche is feminine and día is masculine. That's just the way it is.

Why do we refer to ships as "she" in English?

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https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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Because "día" is masculine and "noche" is feminine and those words come from Latin dies (masc.) and nox (fem.).

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https://www.duolingo.com/redneckray

It is illogical to expect languages to be logical

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ginasem

I don’t know why but like the rest of the words in Spanish I noticed there really isn’t a rhyme or reason to which word falls on which side. So many times I felt like something should be either masculine or femine and it was the opposite. For instance, meat should be masculine. Idk why it should be but it just should be. I honestly don’t understand why that’s even built into the language to start with. It makes it so much more difficult to learn.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Chilotin
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Indo-European languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Hindi, Greek, Persian, etc.) have a hypothetical common ancestor called "Proto Indo-European" that has been reconstructed by scholars. That language had 2 categories for names of things: animated (things that move by their own, like people) and inanimated. Those categories evolved into 3 (masculine, feminine and neuter) in its derived languages. English used to have genders, but it lost them, Spanish lost neuter and other languages have mixed masculine and feminine in a new "common" gender as opposite to neuter. Those categories are things that languages (speakers in fact) do, just like English has verbs that form their past with -ed, others change vowels (drink, sing) and others have unexpected forms.

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https://www.duolingo.com/E.T.Gregor
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There is no rhyme or reason where the meaning of a word is concerned, but Spanish especially has a number of phonetic rules that decide whether a word is male of female. Most nouns ending in -o are male, most nouns ending in -a are female. There are exceptions (like el día or la radio), but about a dozen rules cover 90% of nouns: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammatical_gender_in_Spanish

But yeah, just because to you it would, for reasons you can't even describe yourself, make sense for "meat" to be a masculine noun, that doesn't actually influence grammar...

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