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El and La?!

Certain words have either "El" or "La". Like "La ropa". How do you know what to put?

4 years ago

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You have to watch the gender of the noun: either masculine (el) or feminine (la). An extreme over-simplification is that masculine nouns can end in -o, and feminine ones in -a. BUT, there are many exceptions, like la moto, la foto, el problema, el dia...and so on. Here's something to start you off.

4 years ago

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Gracias!

4 years ago

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De nada, y te deseo éxito con tus estudios y aventura de español. You're welcome, and I wish you success with your studies and Spanish adventure. :)

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RatInAMaze

You don't know. You learn the words with their genders individually, you notice patterns, and you memorize the exceptions.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

If you couldn't look it up (in a shop etc.), you could think of the word lorry. If the last letter is in lorry, it might be masculine, otherwise feminine. I notice that the masculine singular forms of certain types of words (the / this / that etc.) are the irregular ones. El is before a singular masculine noun but the others are more sensible - la for feminine singular, los for masculine plural and las for feminine plural. Generally a word is often masculine when it ends in -o, feminine when it ends in -a and plural when it ends in -s.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bernicelty21

usually "el" is followed by a word ending with a "o", for example "el caballo". Also "la" is usually followed by a word ending with a "a", like "la camisa". Not sure if this is true for all cases but hope this helps you

4 years ago
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