I'm BRAND new to Spanish, but in my new studies I've read that a feminine noun gets the article UN before it instead of UNA if it begins with an A.
The lessons say it's UNA ARANA.......
Is Duolingo just making it uncomplicated? Or is it an exception? Or is my presumption wrong?
Any help would be greatly appreciated......
Hi, no matter if begins with A, the noun may be JIRAFA (giraffe) and you can say UNA JIRAFA because its feminine noun
the feminine nouns actually get the articles una and la. the masculine couterparts are un and el, which mean a/an and the respectively. you can usually tell which gender the nouns are by their ending, words that end in a like arana (spider) are almost always feminine, with some exceptions. conversely words that end in o are almost elusively male nouns. when it comes to animals it is common to see 2 different forms for each animal, one male and one female. for example gato (male cat) and gata (female cat)
Don't know if you're still studying Spanish, AdRock, but I recently stumbled upon a topic similar to the one you posted. The big takeaway I got from it was that there appears to be more than one school of thought on this topic. Rather than rehash it here, I'll just add a link to that discussion below:
Just so you know, that discussion contains 283 comments, as of this writing. The portion of the thread that starts touching on your topic actually kicks in about a fourth of the way down, but doesn't really start addressing the meat of the issue until about halfway down. If you do a search for Santi_Minstrel -- CTRL + F -- when you get there, you should hit all of the relevant posts, but be sure to read the dialogue between Santi_Minstrel and Samsta for specifics on this issue.
By the way, Samsta is a contributor to the Spanish course. To read more about Samsta and the other contributors, click here: Duolingo Contributors for the Spanish Course.
Hope that helps those who happen to read this post.