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Gender is not emphasized or clearly defined in Chavacano. . The pronoun “el” can mean he, she, or it. Similarly, all nouns are generally expressed in the masculine form. The word “la” to designate the feminine gender has fallen into disuse in Chavacano who are fond of shortcutting words/sentecnes.
Thus: El maestro, El maestra, El Nana, El tata, El hermana, el hermano. El santo, El santa , El demonio, El demonia , ,etc…
Gender is also indicated by the last letter of the word, “o” for male, and “a” for female.
brother hermano , sister hermana, grandfather abuelo grandmother abuela uncle tío auntie tía
nephew sobrino niece sobrina
godfather padrino godmother madrina
grandson nieto granddaughter nieta
From the Chavacano Handbook by Felino M Santos
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