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In Spanish, Is "Computer" Feminine Or Masculine ?

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  • Started 8 years ago by Straspey
  • Latest reply from vistamike
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A Spanish Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.

The word "House" for instance, is feminine: "la casa".
The Word "Pencil", however, is masculine: "el lapiz".

A student asked, "What gender is the word 'computer'?"

Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.

The men's group decided that "computer" should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:

1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;

2.The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;

3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval;


4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.

The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ('el computador'), because:

1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;

2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;

3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem;


4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.

Posted 8 years ago
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And in France, they don't even call them computers (cos it sounds too rude).They changed the name to Ordinateur (and it's masculine)

Posted 8 years ago
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very cute strap !

Posted 8 years ago
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According to my partner who is Spanish. computadora noun

Also tirar por la ventana cuando no funciona

Much roadkill to be found. The standard is, if it don't work, bung it. Lovely jubbly....for us dumpster hunters.

Posted 8 years ago

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