Word Gender. Craig Thomas B.A. What is a Noun?. A noun is a word used to denote a person, place, thing, or idea. Person : John, girl, dentist Place : garden, university, Venezuela Thing : book, car, tomato Idea : liberty, despair, intelligence. Male/Female Words?. Living Beings.
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Craig Thomas B.A.
A noun is a word used to denote a person, place, thing, or idea.
The idea that nouns have gender seems perfectly natural when the noun stands for a living creature. This is because in English, living creatures often have different names, depending upon whether they are male or female.
Some nouns that refer to people use the same form for both masculine and feminine. These nouns indicate gender by the article (el or la).
el estudiantela estudiante
el pianistala pianista
el artistala artista
Masculine nouns that end in a consonant often have a corresponding feminine form that ends in -a.
Nounsthatend in -sión, -ción, -dad, -tad, -tud, -umbre are feminine.