"The cats eat bread."
Translation:Los gatos comen pan.
Can 'los gatos comen pan' work here as well? Wouldn't the only difference be that I would be talking about male cats or a mixed (male and female) bunch of cats? Or is that not right?
Yes, you are right, "gatos" should work as well, it would then be a group of all-male or mixed cats.
there is El gato - the cat which could be male or unknown gender, La gata - the cat which is a female, Los gatos - which can be a group of male cats or a group of mixed cats, and Las gatas - are a group of female cats
By default (if you don't know its sex), yes. But a female cat would be "la gata".
If all the cats are females, it is denoted as 'las gatas'. 'los gatos' refers to a group of male cats OR a mixed gender of cats. eg: 10 female cats are referred as 'las gatas' 10 male cats are referred as 'los gatos' 9 Female and 01 male cat is also referred as 'los gatos'
Como-I eat ENDING: o Come-He/she/you (formal) eats ENDING: e Comen-They eat/You (plural) eat ENDING: en Infinitive-comer, which means to eat
The weird thing about Spanish is that depending on what pronoun you're using (i.e. I, you, they), if your infinitive is ar, er, or ir, or if it's future, past, or present tense, you have to change the ending. To say I eat it's como, to say you eat it's comes, and so on.
Whole pronoun list is below:
Yo (I) comO
Tú (You) comES
Él/ella/usted (He/she/you formal) comE Nosotros/as (We, boys/mixed genders, girls) comEMOS Vosotros/as (You, plural, in Spain) comEIS Ellos/ellas/ustedes (They (boys, mixed genders) they (girls) you, plural, everywhere else comEN
- See more at: http://www.succeed-at-spanish.com/spanish-verb-conjugation-chart.html#sthash.bLG0lEjA.dpuf -Hope this helps! :) If it's confusing, I've been in the same boat, so don't worry. It'll come. :)