Model

Ricky

Kwiziq community member

10 July 2018

3 replies

Model

In "Ella era modelo," why is this not "
"Ella era modela"? Is model a masculine word regardless of who is the model?

Ricky

This question relates to:
Spanish lesson "Conjugate ser in El Pretérito Imperfecto (imperfect tense)"

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

10 July 2018

10/07/18

Hola Ricky,

The word "modelo" as model is invariable, as you guessed, so it will be modelo for a man and a woman, however we do need to use the appropriate article when it is needed:

"La modelo llevaba un vestido azul largo" (it refers to a girl/woman)

"El modelo llevaba una chaqueta vaquera" (it refers to a guy/man)

Saludos

Inma

Tonya

Kwiziq community member

5 March 2019

5/03/19

For the following  example, could this also be translated as 'She was a model'?

Ella era modelo.

She used to be a model.

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

8 April 2019

8/04/19

Hola Tonya

Sorry about the delay. We didn't receive notification of your message. Just saw it now.

Yes, as the imperfect tense is also used to express a repeated action in the past, you could also translate it as "she used to be a model". However if you want  to emphasise the fact that she was and now she isn't we'd probably use verb "soler" for that, saying:

"Ella solía ser modelo"

Saludos

Inma

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