if I say 'one leg' do I say una or uno as pierna ia 'la'?

if I say 'one leg' do I say una or uno as pierna ia 'la'?


gender of word question

updated JUL 15, 2010
posted by christinemurray

2 Answers


No, you should use la since the parts of the body are not personalised in Spanish in the same way as they are in English

In English we say my leg ......but in Spanish la pierna as in the context you might be telling the doctor that your leg hurts In Spanish it is assumed that you are referring to your leg unless you indicate otherwise

Doctor, I have a pain in my right leg

= Doctor, tengo dolor en **la pierna derecha**

or Me duelo en la pierna derecha = My right leg hurts

I would encourage you to look at Paralee's excellent lesson in Lesson 4:9 You may not be ready for the general teaching yet but you ill be able to view the Pictures which show the correct way to say that a part of your body hurts.

updated JUL 15, 2010
edited by FELIZ77
posted by FELIZ77

edit*: My mistake, Feliz is correct.

updated JUL 15, 2010
edited by Jsanthara
posted by Jsanthara
Thank you for being gracious and honest enough too admit it - FELIZ77, JUL 15, 2010
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