Most nouns ending in -ud are feminine

In Spanish there are lots of nouns with the ending -ud. Most of these nouns are feminine and refer to abstract things.

Here are some examples:

Estás teniendo una actitud muy negativa.You're having a very negative attitude.

Mi marido tiene una virtud: ser extremadamente generoso.My husband has a virtue: being extremely generous.

No veía a mi amiga entre la multitud.I couldn't spot my friend among the crowd.

La salud es más importante que el dinero.Health is more important than money.

Ayer mandé la solicitud para ese trabajo.Yesterday I sent the application form for that job.

Debemos dibujar el mapa con mucha exactitud.We must draw the map with a lot of precision (exactitude).

 

Plural form

The plural of all these nouns is formed by adding -es:

la actitud → las actitudes

la solicitud → las solicitudes

la virtud → las virtudes

Agreement

Remember that if these feminine nouns have adjectives, then the adjectives need to agree and use their feminine form too:

Una solicitud complicada
A complicated application form

Una buena virtud
A good virtue

Una actitud positiva

A positive attitude

 

Exceptions

Some exceptions to this rule are:

el ataúd - los ataúdes
coffin, coffins

el laúd - los laúdes
lute, lutes

el alud - los aludes
avalanche, avalanches

These are all masculine.

 

See also Gender of nouns ending in -umbre, -ión, -dad, -tad, -tis and -sis and their plural

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Debemos dibujar el mapa con mucha exactitud.We must draw the map with a lot of precision (exactitude).
La salud es más importante que el dinero.Health is more important than money.
Ayer mandé la solicitud para ese trabajo.Yesterday I sent the application form for that job.
Estás teniendo una actitud muy negativa.You're having a very negative attitude.
Mi marido tiene una virtud: ser extremadamente generoso.My husband has a virtue: being extremely generous.
No veía a mi amiga entre la multitud.I couldn't spot my friend among the crowd.
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