"A car and a bicycle."
Translation:Un carro y una bicicleta.
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Nothing. The nouns ending by "a" are most of the time feminine, (but there are some exceptions).
There are no explanations about what is feminine or masculine concerning things. It's often related to the ending sound (and sometimes the etymology), but we have to consider that it's just the way it is.
Feminine, I've found, is any word ending in an "a" or any object that receives. This can be confusing, though, as a glass (vaso) is masculine, yet a cup (taza) is feminine. Also, any word ending in "e" is usually masculine, save for street (calle) which is feminine. And anytime you use a feminine noun, the verb also changes to the feminine form. So, if you say Mi hermana (is beautiful) yoi would say es bonita so that it is understood that you are referring to someone female. Mi hermano (is beautiful) is es bonito.
Be careful, there are some exceptions, some nouns ends with "o" and aren't masculine. And some nouns ends with "a" and aren't feminine.
And there are also the nouns that are masculine, but doesn't end with "o", and the one that are feminine, but don't end with "a"...
La mano (the hand) -> feminine.
It’s all about the Latin languages!! French, Spanish, Italian, etc., seem to be filled with seemingly (for us anglo-saxons) random uses of genres. Sadly, There’s no easy out.
BUT there exists certains Rules of thumb to help the guessing game:
Words ending with the sound “O” —> masculin While those finishing in “A”—> féminin
Fun fact: Rosario is a female first name but a masculine name A rose <—> Un rosariO
And of course there are exceptions
A problem <—> Un problemA
There's really no "easy" way to do that, mostly if the word ends in "o" , "ma", an accented letter, or a consonant other than "d" or "z" it is masculine. Words ending in "a", "dad", "'ion" are normally feminine. There are lots of exceptions though and you have to look out for those. The indirect pronouns "un" and "una" are used like our "a" except "un" is masc. and "una" is fem.
I am not confused about an answer that is clearly wrong. What I dislike is why most of the times this app suggests the correct answer and sometimes it does not suggest the correct answer. I selected "un" because that was the suggested answer at the top of the list even though I thought "una" was correct. I do not deem this inconsistency a learning strategy.
It does. But it's like if it was non existent, as it's an archaism.
ReiDelosTontos has been downvoted, maybe because his answer is surprising, but his answer is correct (except a detail).
What he explained:
In old Spanish, the word was masculine, "un biciclo", and the way to make diminutive in Spanish is to add ito/ita. It made "bicicleta", but only "bicicleta" exists now in modern Spanish, it took the place of the older word.
But when you use a diminutive, you keep the gender, so it should have done "bicicleto".
The answer is that this etymology is wrong, the Spanish "bicicleta" is from the French "bicyclette", that's the reason.
(I) have ---> tengo has ---> tiene (You) have ---> tienes
Un and una are meaning "a/an" in English. But there is a difference and, you can find it in the ampule. The ampule resides in the traning side. Press the intro and, you will see the ampule symbol. Difference between una/un is telling in one of them.
But i can tell a little bit. Una is feminine. Un is masculene.
You can also be "usted tiene", if it's formal singular.
Or "ustedes tienen" if it's formal plural.
For "it", as Spanish nouns are either masculine or feminine, you can use "él" or "ella" for things, but usually, you don't use any pronoun.
Es una buena escuela. It is a good school.
Don't confuse "male" and "female" with "masculine" and "feminine".
Objects don't live, and have no sex, they cannot be "male" or "female".
They only can be of masculine grammatical gender, or of feminine grammatical gender.
"Un" is for masculine. It means it's for both masculine nouns, and male nouns (living beings, as they are masculine).
"Una" is for feminine nouns, and females. As females have the feminine gender too.
I got this answer wrong because i did "Un carro y un bicileta" i know your supposed to do "una" for feminine and "un" for masculine but it doesnt if it is a feminine or masculine it just says "a car and a bicycle" so i dont know the difference between "una" and "un" if it doent have people involved in it...
Spelling errors and typos may be perfectly tolerable in the normal everyday world, but this is a language course and stricter standards are correctly being applied.
Duo does try to make allowances and will:
often tolerate a single letter error (missing, extra or incorrect) only ever issue warnings about incorrect accents
always ignore punctuation other than apostrophe and quotation marks always ignore case (UPPER, lower, MiXeD)
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You mean "automóvil"
The words "auto", "automóvil", "carro"", and "coche" can be used interchangeably in Duo and should be understood by all Spanish speakers.
My understanding is that the frequency of which one is used varies by region, with "carro" being more common in Latin American areas and "coche" being more common in Spain.
Things cannot be "males" or "females", only animals and human beings, so living beings, that are sexed can.
But every nouns (so things too) are either masculine or feminine. It's the grammatical gender, not the real bender.
Bicicleta is a feminine noun, so it takes only "una".
Yes, but "coche" is not wrong, it's also Spanish, and it's used in Spain.
And "bici" is a short for "bicicleta", I don't know if Duolingo doesn't accept because it considers it's too informal, but if it's not the case, it's correct, and used.
But I think it's "una bici", as it's "una bicicleta".