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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BrandiTrou

Gato vs Gata

I.m confused. Isn't the word itself masculine? How are you supposed to know when you're talking about a female cat to translate it correctly?

August 1, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Devrie

If you don't know that it's a female cat, just call it a gato. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rspreng

el gato is male, la gata is female, Some animal names (perro) work this way, and some (tortuga) do not.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zenzic

How do you know which are which? Is it limited to names that are inherently masculine (end in an 'o')? Or is it just a matter of memorizing a list?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CrowV

I've just encountered an instance where Duo does not recognize "la gata" as a valid form when translating "the cat." I find this rather annoying, since I have a female cat. In Spanish, both "gata" and "perra" are acceptable usage for the female of the species.

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