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    Masculine/Feminine words pairs in spanish...

    Sometimes I get a little lost with these, anyone have a good list of the ones that you should really know, so as not to make a mistake?

    Here's a few examples, correct me if I get the words wrong:

    Puerto/Puerta: Port/Door

    Caso/Casa: Case/House

    Pato/Pata: Duck/Paw

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    My suggestion would be follow the context of the sentence or paragraph, e.g:

    Meti la pata. (I messed it up)

    La pata nada en el estanque. (The female duck swims in the pond.)

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    Do those words have a stress mark above a particular vowel? I think that for some Spanish words that have two meanings, the emphasis may be on a different syllable. (?)

    eg. p

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    [quote=brett]Do those words have a stress mark above a particular vowel? I think that for some Spanish words that have two meanings, the emphasis may be on a different syllable. (?)

    eg. p
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    Okay, I whipped out the dictionary, here's a few. Yes, some of the adjectives can go both ways, I know. I ignored ones with the same or similar meanings.

    acera - sidewalk
    acero - steel

    cara - face
    caro - expensive

    casa - house
    caso - case

    cera - wax, earwax
    cero - zero

    cerca - near
    cerco - fence

    clara - eggwhite
    claro - clear

    la coma - comma
    el coma - coma
    como - how
    all are forms of comer as well

    costa - coast
    costo - cost

    cuba - Cuba
    cubo - bucket

    cuenta - count, account, bill
    cuento - story

    cuerda - rope, cord
    cuerdo - sensible, wise

    data - date
    dato - datum, a piece of data

    dicha - happiness, good luck
    dicho - saying

    faja - band, girdle
    fajo - bundle

    falla - failure, fault
    fallo - sentence, judgement, decision

    foca - seal
    foco - focus

    fonda - inn, hotel
    fondo - bottom, background, fund

    fuera - out, outside
    fueros - local laws

    hada - fairy
    hado - destiny, fate

    (I'll add more later)

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    libro/libra book/pound
    cigarro/cigarra cigar/grasshopper
    coco/coca coconut/a bakery product given to children
    coto/cota enclosure/
    llanto/llanta crying/rubber tire
    ramo/rama bunch/branch
    rayo/raya lighting thunderbolt/line
    rasgo/rasga feature/ rips
    seto/seta hedge/mushroom
    fajo/faja bundle (of banknotes)/ girdie

    BTW there are not differences in stress between pata (leg) and pata (female duck). An example with different stress is
    mas/m

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    The stress mark is quite important to diferentiate these words:

    Mendigo=pauper
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    I was just using the article on coma to show it was masculine.

    Same as English, you would rarely say "the coma". You say "He's in a coma".

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    Congratulations on the list. Good job, and it helps us find gramatical similarities between English and Spanish.

    Another list of words:

    taza=cup
    tasa=rate

    caza=hunting/game
    cazo=pot
    casa=house

    In Spain the pronounciation would make the difference, not in Latin America.

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    Don't forget one of the most important

    La papa is a potato.

    El Papa is the Pope.

    That could be a disaster if you messed that one up!

    Drew

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    Méndigo

    [quote]
    Mendigo=pauper
    M
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    Re: Méndigo

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    Pues sí que existe

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