Nouns ending in -or are masculine

Most nouns that end in -or are masculine.

Have a look at the following examples:

Dicen que el amor lo puede todo.
They say that love conquers all.

El trabajador no vino a la fábrica hoy.
The worker didn't come to the factory today.

El paciente tenía mucho dolor en su espalda.
The patient had a lot of pain in his back.

To form the plural of these nouns simple add an -es:

No me gustan los colores del cuadro.
I don't like the colours in the painting.

Los diseñadores van a presentar a sus modelos.
The designers are going to introduce their models.

Flor (flower) and labor (work) are some exceptions to this rule as they are feminine!
Remember that the articles and adjectives accompanying these nouns must agree in gender and number.

Learn more about Género masculino

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Examples and resources

No me gustan los colores del cuadro.
I don't like the colours in the painting.


El trabajador no vino a la fábrica hoy.
The worker didn't come to the factory today.


Dicen que el amor lo puede todo.
They say that love conquers all.


El paciente tenía mucho dolor en su espalda.
The patient had a lot of pain in his back.


Los diseñadores van a presentar a sus modelos.
The designers are going to introduce their models.


Q&A

Meghan

Kwiziq community member

21 May 2018

2 replies

El trabajador

So if it's a female trabajador or inversor then it's changed to la trabajadora and inversora ? Then following to Las and unas inversoras?

Thanks you

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

21 May 2018

21/05/18

That's right Meghan, nouns that en in -or are generally masculine, but if they can also refer to a woman, like trabajador or inversor, then they take the -a (la trabajadora, la inversora) and the -as for their plural (unas trabajadoras, unas inversoras).

Un saludo

Inma

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

21 May 2018

21/05/18

Hi again Meghan,

Here is a lesson connected to your query about "trabajador". It is about adjectives, but it will clarify it a bit more. 

https://progress.lawlessspanish.com/revision/grammar/forming-the-singular-and-plural-of-adjectives-ending-in-an-on-or

Inma

Clever stuff underway!