As of June 30, 2018, live e-Tutoring has been discontinued.
Please click here for more information.

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:
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.
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.
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: ;

Register or Sign In to comment.