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A noun is a word used to denote a person, place, thing, or idea.

Person: John, girl, dentist
Place: garden, university, Venezuela
Thing: book, car, tomato
Idea: liberty, despair, intelligence
In Spanish, all nouns are either masculine or feminine.
all masculine start with
all masculine plural start with
el
los
all feminine start with
all feminine plural start with
la
las
Masculine
boy
garden
book
fear
el chico
el jardin
el libro
el miedo
Feminine
girl
university
magazine
liberty
la chica
la universidad
la revista
la libertad
male cat
male dog
boy
grandfather
el gato
el perro
el chico
el abuelo
female cat
female dog
grandmother
girl
la gata
la perra
la abuela
la chica
"El" and "la" both mean "the."
el chico (the boy)
la chica (the girl)

el perro (the male dog)
la gata (the female cat)
What do you notice about the last letter of these nouns?

Masculine
gato
perro
chico
abuelo

Feminine
gata
perra
chica
abuela
Nouns that end in -o are usually masculine. Nouns that end in -a are usually feminine.

Notice the word "usually!" There are exceptions to these two rules and you will soon be learning them.