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Feminine or Masculine

edited September 2014 in Portuguese
Nouns in Portuguese have genders. You can usually tell from the last letter in a noun if the word is feminine or masculine. Words that end in a are normally feminine and those that end in o are masculine. 
That however is not always true. Here's a list of words that have irregular feminine/masculine ending.
Some nouns that end in a are masculine:
Examples
dia (m.) - O dia está lindo. It's a beautiful day.
poeta (m.) - O meu poeta favorito é Manuel Bandeira. My favorite poet is Manuel                 Bandeira.
Some nouns that end in e or a are both masculine and feminine.
Examples:
estudante (m.or f.) - Carlos é um bom estudante mas Janaina não é uma boa estudante. Carlos is a good student but Janaina isn't a good student.
colega (m. or f.) - O meu colega, Felipe, e a minha colega, Ana, chegaram. My            colleague,Felipe, and my colleague, Ana, are here. 
Usually nouns that end in l are masculine.
Examples:
jornal (m.) - Eu compro o jornal todos os dias. I buy the newspaper everyday.
hotel (m.) - Qual o seu hotel favorito? What's your favorite hotel
Usually nouns ending in e are masculine.
leite (m.) - O leite de cabra é bom? Is goat milk good?
residente (m.) - Quem é o residente do apartamento 21? Who is the resident in apartment 21?
In case you are unsure, you can consult a dictionary. Try this one: http://www.priberam.pt/dlpo/ ;


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