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Help me with Spanish pronouns!

I've got a question. In Spanish, there are two words for 'they' : ellos and ellas. Ellos means they masculine, and ellas means they feminine. But what if the group of people that I'm talking about (they) is neither masculine nor feminine, but with mixed gender? In this case which pronoun I should use? (the same thing with nosotros/nosotras)

2 months ago

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Ginasem
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If you have boys and girls then its always masculine so if you had 2 daughters and 2 sons. You would say Tengo 4 hijos. Same with everything parents are los padres grandparents los abuelos. If there was a bunch of kids playing both girls and boys is would be ninos If you have just a sister you say la hermana but if you have both sisters and brothers you would say mis hermanos (siblings) or you could write it out and say tengo dos hermanas y dos hermanos.

2 months ago

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And for your orginal question if it’s a mixed group of men and women then its ellos. All the same rules goes to nosotros/nosotras. If its nosotras you know it’s all women if its nosotros it could be all men or it could be a mix. Same with cousins los primos, if you have 3 secretaries 2 female and 1 male and you are refering to all of them at once it would be secretarios or ellos. I have one more good example but it slipped my mind if i think of it i will come back and post it. Hijos can mean sons or children.

2 months ago

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Thanks a lot! It's really helpful

2 months ago

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You are so welcome

2 months ago

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Ginasem is completely right, and I would also like to point out that these rules apply no matter what the proportion of males:females is. If you have a room with 999 women and 1 man, it would still get the masculine form (ellos).

2 months ago

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Gracias

2 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Marinayjoche

Masculinos + femeninos= Ellos/ Nosotros/todos nosotros. Actualmente, sectores feministas y su idea de inclusión están queriendo agregar un neutro: "Nosotres"; "todes", "les diputades"; etc.

2 months ago

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Gracias

2 months ago
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