Wy were we as kids (I'm belgian) forced to sing franfreluche est une pouppeé ( excuse me for my abominal french) ? Cause its not about the sentence but learning the words and how the sentence is formed...
At first, I read "abdominal French". That was really funny. Great message, Nigel. :)
What determines whether you use the masculine or feminine form in a sentence?
Yeah, in most romance languages latin's neuter and masculine genders merged leaving us with that
Usually ending a word with "o" or "a". Menina (girl/female child), menino (boy/make child), gata (cat/female cat), gato (cat/male cat).
it is a cat
ela é uma gata
ele é um gato
gato = male cat
gata = female cat
she is a cat = she is beautiful
he is a cat = he is handsome
Does this rule apply to other animals? For instance, is a bull a vaco while a milking cow is a vaca?
Not in that case. this works for animals for which the masculline and feminine forms have the same root. in this case cow=vaca bull=touro have different roots so no. But good question (PD: I believe there are animals for which the feminine form is the usual even though the root is the same, but I can't think of any)