Fuego, Fire

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Just wanting to know, can you change the word fuego to fuega to make it feminine? Or is there another word for it'

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updated JUL 16, 2008
posted by Ryan

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You can't say "es en fuego", because we don't talk that (and it is grammatically incorrect), but we have the adverbial phrase "en llamas", with the verb "estar" only. This phrase is always fixed, and you don't make it agree with anything else in a sentence.

When you say "La casa es bonita", "bonita" is an adjective, and because of the verb "ser", which is a special one (along with "estar"), you must make it agree with the subject, "la casa". This agreement is between nouns, adjectives and articles, but never with adverbs or adverbial sentences, like "en llamas".

Most nouns have an arbitrary gender (e.g. "patata" is feminine, and "árbol" is masculine), but some nouns that refer to sexual creatures, have a masculine and a feminine form (e.g. señor/señora, gato/gata). Sexless things like fire never change their gender.

updated JUL 16, 2008
posted by lazarus1907
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Thanks for that, and no, it didn't really confuse me.
Thanks for the explanation,
Ryan

updated JUL 16, 2008
posted by Ryan
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haha no you didn't confuse me, I understand =)
no, you can't change the word fuego into femenine... and even though you were describing the house fuego is a noun not an adjective... you can say "Mi casa esta en fuego".... a feminine syn of fuego would be "llamas" and it has to be plural in this sentence.. "Mi casa esta en llamas"... and it has to be 'esta' it cannot be 'es'... when you use 'es' in this case it needs to be followed by an adj.. 'la casa es grande, es bonita' etc... and 'esta' can be followed by a preposition or an adj.. it depends..
'esta en llamas' en is the prep. 'Esta cansado' cansado is an adj... it's kind of difficult for me to explain it.. and I'm not very good at it lol... hope I'm not confusing you more hehe... feel free to ask if you have more doubts =)
Ciao..
Vicky

updated JUL 15, 2008
posted by Victoria
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Hey, thanks for your reply, I'm trying to say 'My house is on fire' (long conversation with parents about music, don't worry, my house is NOT on fire) and I think it is 'Mi casa es en fuego' but I didn't know if I needed to make the 'fuego' feminine or not as it was describing the house but only slightly, if that makes sense.
I probably just confused you more,
Thanks for your help,
Ryan.

updated JUL 15, 2008
posted by Ryan
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You can't make it feminine... and the word fuega doesn't exist...
What exactly are you trying to say with the word fuego? Maybe I can help =)

updated JUL 15, 2008
posted by Victoria