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Un/Una y el/las


How do you use el/la, un/una? I am confused as to how to use them in a sentence.

updated ENE 11, 2012
edited by 0074b507
posted by ggjcapones

2 Answers



The third link was very helpful in trying to figure out if a word is masculine or feminine. I was really confused as to when “Un” or “Una” should be used. I figured out it had to do with how the word ended and I figured that if it ended in an “a” it was feminine or if it ended in an “o” it was masculine, but I wasn’t sure about the rest of it. That third article explained most of it. It still leaves me with a question or two.

What about the remaining vowels? I still don’t know Spanish that well, but have learned a ton in the few days that I have been trying to learn it. What about the letters that ends in “e”, “i”, or “u”? The article doesn’t mention them. It just says if the vowel is accented then it is masculine. What if it is one of the vowels that I just listed but it is not accented, is it considered masculine or feminine? I could be wrong in general, maybe Spanish doesn’t have words that end in those letters and that is why it wasn’t mentioned.

Also, does Spanish consider the letter “y” a vowel or consonant? If it is a consonant I guess that would make it masculine. Otherwise if it is a vowel, or if it depends on the word like in English, how do you know if it is masculine or feminine? There again, I could be wrong in assuming that Spanish has words that end in a “y”. I know that “y” is their word for and.

When I said the third link I am talking about this one that the previous person posted: http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/100009/nouns-gender

Thanks for any help someone can provide.

updated ENE 11, 2012
edited by zines
posted by zines

Please take a look at the following reference articles about the use of definite/indefinite articles and gender of nouns:

Definite Articles: http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/100011/articles-definite

Indefinite Articles: http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/100013/articles-indefinite

Gender of Nouns: http://www.spanishdict.com/answers/100009/nouns-gender

Come back if you have any specific questions. grin

updated AGO 19, 2009
posted by Nick-Cortina
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