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Gender neutral in Spanish
Inclusive language or non-sexist language
As you know, Spanish is a language with two genders: masculine (el chico) and feminine (la chica). Neutral gender as such does not exist.
But, sometimes we are at a party with friends and we want to ask them if they want something to drink.
Normally, in Spanish people use the masculine plural to talk about everybody:
¿Chicos, quieren tomar algo?
So, today we want to tell you that inclusive language (or non-sexist language) is an alternative that proposes gender equality in grammatical and linguistic terms.
And how is it used? Too easy. Every time you have a plural noun, adjective, article or pronoun and you want to use inclusive language, you can change the “o” at the end to an “e”.
So, for example, back at the party:
¿Chiques, que quieren tomar?
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Currently, inclusive language is not accepted by Real Academia Española (the academy that “regulates” the Spanish language), but it is used anyway, especially among young people in Spain and Latin America.
The “e” is also an option to refer to non-binary people. The personal pronoun for non-binary people is “elle” (the word “they” is used in English).
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