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Spanish languageSpanish Nouns - Gender Exceptions

In general, Spanish nouns that end in an O are masculine, and those that end in an A are feminine. Here are the exceptions to this rule.

Masculine nouns that end in A Feminine nouns that end in O
el aroma aroma, scent   la disco* disco
el Canadá Canada   la foto* photo 
el clima climate  la mano hand 
el cometa comet  la moto* motorcycle 
el cura priest la radio radio
el diagrama diagram, outline      
el dilema dilemma      
el diploma diploma      
el drama drama
el día day
el enigma enigma
el esquema outlne      
el fantasma ghost
el idioma language 
el mapa map
el morfema morpheme      
el panorama panorama      
el planeta planet
el poema poem      
el problema problem
el programa program      
el síntoma symptom      
el sistema system
el sofá sofa
el tanga thong, G-string      
el telegrama telegram      
el teorema theorem      
el tema theme
el tranvía streetcar      
el trauma trauma

*These words are shortened from words that do end in A: discoteca, fotografía, motocicleta, and radiodifusión.

Also see my lesson on the stressed A, which causes feminine nouns to take the masculine article. 

Spanish nouns


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