Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday May 4, 2011

día, noun:

Nearly all Spanish nouns ending in the letter ‘-a’ are feminine, for example, puerta (door) and fruta (fruit).
Unfortunately, there are exceptions! The word día is one. It looks as though it should be feminine but it’s not, so make sure you use the right masculine article, el/los or uno/unos:

todos los días
every day

un día
one day

Remember too that any adjective or article describing día must be masculine:

¡Buenos días!
Good morning!

un día feriado
a public holiday

un día de éstos
one of these days

Can you think of any other nouns like this?
Some other common ones are: el idioma - language; el problema - problem; el clima - climate; el sistema - system; and el mapa - map.

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