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In "Ella era modelo," why is this not "
"Ella era modela"? Is model a masculine word regardless of who is the model?

Ricky

Asked 1 year ago
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Ricky,

The word "modelo" as model is invariable, as you guessed, so it will be modelo for a man and a woman, however we do need to use the appropriate article when it is needed:

"La modelo llevaba un vestido azul largo" (it refers to a girl/woman)

"El modelo llevaba una chaqueta vaquera" (it refers to a guy/man)

Saludos

Inma

For the following  example, could this also be translated as 'She was a model'?

Ella era modelo.

She used to be a model.
InmaKwiziq language super star

Hola Tonya

Sorry about the delay. We didn't receive notification of your message. Just saw it now.

Yes, as the imperfect tense is also used to express a repeated action in the past, you could also translate it as "she used to be a model". However if you want  to emphasise the fact that she was and now she isn't we'd probably use verb "soler" for that, saying:

"Ella solía ser modelo"

Saludos

Inma

Model

In "Ella era modelo," why is this not "
"Ella era modela"? Is model a masculine word regardless of who is the model?

Ricky

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