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Most words ending with "-a" are female.

I realized that most words ending with "-a" are female. And even those not ending with "-a" tend to be male! :) Love this language, it's pretty simple. :)

January 23, 2012

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

Careful though! There are some exceptions, obviously, like "el problema"!


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

I think the exceptions result from the etymology: words (ending with -a) that are originally Greek, are male in Spanish. The corresponding Greek words are male or neuter: ["το πρόβλημα" = "to próvlima" = el problema] ["το σύστημα" = "to sýstima" = el sistema] ["ο κομήτης" = "o komítis" = el cometa]

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