Gender of nouns in Spanish

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This is a short list of rules for determining noun gender in Spanish. It will work 99% of the time.

  • Masculine if noun ends in -o or a consonant
    • Nouns ending in the morhpemes -ción and -dad are feminine
    • mano is feminine
  • Feminine if noun ends in -a
    • Nouns (from Greek?) ending in -pa, -ta, -ma are masculine
      • rima is feminine

See Wikipedia's discussion of this.

There are some interesting discrepencies in the gender of nouns across Romance languages. A collection of those is being kept track of on the Faux Genders page