Learn about the gender of living creatures in Spanish
In Spanish, you can predict the gender of living creatures.
Read and listen to these examples:
In the examples above, we know the gender of these nouns because they make reference to living creatures who are either masculine or feminine. The essence of these nouns refers to its gender.
Be careful, you cannot always predict the gender of inanimated objects! Different rules apply to these cases, and are sometimes related to the noun endings, not the essence of the noun! For example, you may think that vestido (dress) is a feminine noun because it refers to feminine clothing but in fact it is masculine.
Here is a list of nouns referring to male and female animals.
Here is a list of nouns referring to male and female members of the family
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