Nouns are words that describe things: el libro, beings: la mujer and abstract concepts: el amor. In the following pages, you can learn whether Spanish nouns are masculine or feminine, how to form plural nouns and when to use an article. Simply click on one of the links below to find out more. There are exercises at the end of each page so you can practise what you have learnt.
Spanish nouns can be masculine or feminine. In the dictionary, the abbreviations m (= masculine) and f (= feminine) are generally used to show a noun’s gender.
- el chico (m)
- la chica (f)
In Spanish, we generally use nouns with articles. The article tells us the gender (masculine, feminine) and number (singular, plural). There are indefinite articles (un, una) and definite articles (el/los, la/las, lo).
- un libro – el libro
- una mesa – la mesa
The Spanish plural usually ends in -s, although, there are a few exceptions.
- el libro – los libros
- la mujer – las mujeres