Spanish Nouns That Don't Have Separate Gender Forms - dummies

Spanish Nouns That Don’t Have Separate Gender Forms

By Gail Stein

There’s no escaping the importance of gender in Spanish nouns. Or is there? A select few Spanish nouns aren’t really affected by gender. These nouns keep the same spelling, regardless of gender — a fact that cuts down the number of words you have to memorize to speak and write Spanish like a native.

For these nouns, all you have to do is change the definite article to reflect whether the person in question is male or female. Not bad, huh? Check out the following table to see the most common of these nouns that don’t let gender push them around.

Spanish Nouns That Aren’t Affected By Gender
Masculine Feminine Translation
el artista la artista the artist
el dentista la dentista the dentist
el periodista la periodista the journalist
el telefonista la telefonista the operator
el modelo la modelo the model
el joven la joven the youth
el estudiante la estudiante the student

The following nouns, however, always remain feminine, regardless of the gender of the person being described:

  • la persona (the person)

  • la víctima (the victim)