a rookie question (spanish)
ok, i understand there will be more complicated dilemmas which i will encounter while learning spanish, but i have a weird one.
during the regular course of lessons i learned the word "la banana"
in tiny-card exercises the word comes up as "el banano"
you kidding? there is a feminine and a masculine fruit of this kind or this is an exception of some rules?
i wonder what`s next...
The bad news: This common New World fruit actually has several words to represent it in Spanish. The speaker's preference depends on their region, background, etc.
The good news: I doubt it's going to matter much which one you choose in real life. :)
I learned "el plátano" a long time ago and plan on sticking with it. :)
Isn't "el plátano" a plantain, which is a different fruit? (I guess it could be interchangeable, though)
"El plátano" can be both plantain and banana:
And because I need to get out of the house and don't want to get bogged down in a discussion about plantains vs. bananas, here's more about "cooking bananas:"
Ha! I learned "el guineo" when I was a kid and I am not going to change that.
Probably it is not the case but it will be useful in other moments: many fruits that end with -a come from trees with -o. A banana comes from a banano or bananero, manzanas from manzanos, naranjas from naranjos, paltas from paltos, etc.