Spanish Word of the Day
Sunday, June 23, 2013
mano noun: hand
  • Most Spanish nouns ending in the letter ‘-o’ are masculine.
    Unfortunately, as with many rules, there are exceptions. The word mano is one of the few Spanish nouns ending in ‘-o’ but which are feminine.
    So, you’ll need to make sure you use the correct article, la/las or una/unas:
    ¿Me echas una mano? Can you give me a hand?
    ¿Te lavaste las manos? Have you washed your hands?
  • When we’re talking about parts of the body in English we tend to use words like ‘my’, ‘your’, ‘his’. But in Spanish these words are usually used with the definite article, in this case la/las
    Here are some other common words ending in ‘-o’ which are feminine:
    ¿Me echas una mano? Can you give me a hand?
    ¿Te lavaste las manos? Have you washed your hands?
    la radio the radio
    la moto the motorbike
    la foto the photo
    Les saqué una foto a los niños. I took a photo of the children.
  • setNote that it is la radio in Spain and southern Latin America, but elsewhere it is el radio.
    ¿Me echas una mano? Can you give me a hand?
    ¿Te lavaste las manos? Have you washed your hands?
    la radio the radio
    la moto the motorbike
    la foto the photo
    Les saqué una foto a los niños. I took a photo of the children.
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