Spanish grammar: The same noun for both genders (A1)

Some Spanish nouns have the same spelling for both genders. For these nouns, all you have to do is change the definite article to reflect whether the person in question is male or female, in this case, the article is fundamental to identify the gender, so be careful.

The following table presents the most common of these nouns:

El alpinista

* Notice that many of these nouns ending in “-ista” and there are many more profession ending in  “ista“. All of them have the same peculiarity about the gender.                             

When they are used along with an adjective, this has to agree with the gender of the person:

Botero es un artista colombiano. (Botero is a Colombian artist.)

Shakira es una cantante colombiana. (Sharira is a Colombian singer.)

The following nouns, however, always remain feminine, regardless of the gender of the person being described: la persona (the person) and la víctima (the victim).

Tomás es una persona muy honrada. (Tomás is a very honest person.)

Catalina es una persona muy reservada. (Catalina is a very private person.)

Click on the link if you want to learn more about the gender of things and remember to contact your tutor with any question you have or to ask for more homework. Don’t you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

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