Frequent question: Does everything in Spanish have a gender?

Is everything in Spanish masculine or feminine?

We know that all people have gender, but in Spanish all nouns have gender. This means that every word for a person, place, thing or idea is either masculine or feminine.

Why everything in Spanish has a gender?

Spanish is a Romance language derived from Latin (through Vulgar Latin) which had the gender distinction for all nouns. And thus the gender distinction rule persists in Spanish. I believe it helps in rearranging the order of sentences and constructing complex sentences without confusion.

What Spanish words have no gender?

Spanish Nouns That Don’t Have Separate Gender Forms

Masculine Feminine Translation
el artista la artista the artist
el dentista la dentista the dentist
el periodista la periodista the journalist
el telefonista la telefonista the operator

Do all nouns in Spanish have a gender?

All Spanish nouns have lexical gender, either masculine or feminine, and most nouns referring to male humans or animals are grammatically masculine, while most referring to females are feminine.

Why do languages have gender?

Languages have gender (which isn’t just about sex) because it has (had) been useful to say things about the nature of objects. The most common and natural division is animate / inanimate (not masculine / feminine).

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What three Spanish nouns do not follow the gender rule?

Here are the most common words violating the a/o rule, although there are dozens of others:

  • el aroma: aroma.
  • el Canadá: Canada.
  • el clima: climate.
  • el cólera: cholera (but la cólera, anger)
  • el cometa: comet (but la cometa, kite)
  • el cura: male priest (but la cura, cure or female priest)
  • el día: day.
  • el diagrama: diagram.

What are genderless adjectives in Spanish?

You can opt for neutral adjectives that don’t change to agree with the noun. Examples of these include amable, fuerte, leal, feliz, interesante and idealista.

What Spanish words are feminine?

Here are some rules for identifying feminine nouns.

  • Generally, words ending in -A: la silla, la manzana, la mesa.
  • Ending in -CIÓN, -SIÓN, -ZÓN: la canción, la pasión, la razón (exceptions: el corazón, el buzón)
  • Words ending in -DAD and -TAD: la felicidad, la amistad, la verdad.
  • Ending in -EZ and -TRIZ: la vejez, la actriz.