English Grammar Basic Grammar and syntax

By the ruby ​​or by the rubio?

¿For the rubio or for the rubio?

“Rubio“y“rubio“they are easy to confuse. To choose“blond“o“blonde“it has nothing to do with UK or US writing conventions. The gender of the person with blonde hair determines whether you wear“rubio“o“rubio“.

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The rules for using“blond“y“blonde“are complicated, but here is the key point:

  • Only use“blonde,““blondes,“or“blonde hair“if you know you’re talking about a female or females.

More about“Blond“and“Blonde“

If you are using“rubio“as an adjective, you can’t go wrong because the adjective“rubio“is used for everything. However, if you know the person is female, you can use“blonde“as an adjective to show off your writing skills.

The same does not happen if you use“rubio“as a noun. If the person is female, she must use“blonde“(o“blondes“for the plural). If you are not sure of the gender (for example,“teacher“,“all teachers“) or is a mixed group (“all team members“), use“rubio“o“rubio“.

Examples with“Blond“

“Blond“is a noun meaning a blond male or males. For example::

  • He is a blond.
  • They are blonds.

“Blond hair“ is a term used to describe the blond hair of a man, a woman, someone of unknown sex, an object or a group. For example:

  • He has blond hair.
  • She has blond hair.
  • The teacher has blond hair.
  • The doll has blond hair.
  • The team members all have blond hair.

“Blond“ is an adjective used to describe anyone with blonde hair.

  • He is a blond dancer.
  • She is a blond dancer.
  • I was talking about the blond teacher.
  • It is a blond doll.
  • I was talking about the blond team members.

Examples with“Blonde“

“Blonde“ is a noun meaning a blonde-haired woman or women.

  • She is a blonde. ✔️
  • They are blondes. ✔️

“Blonde hair“ is a term that can be used to describe the blonde hair of a woman or a group of women. For example:

  • She has blonde hair. ✔️
  • They have blonde hair. ✔️
    (You could also use“blond“in these two examples.)

“Blond“ is an adjective used to describe a woman or women with blonde hair.

  • She is a blonde dancer. ✔️
  • I was talking about the blonde team members. ✔️
    (You could also use“blond“in these two examples.)

More about“Blond“and“Blonde“

Writers are often unsure whether to use“rubio“o“rubio“. Confusion is understanding because it depends on whether you’re using“blond/blonde“as an adjective or as a noun. Here is a reminder of the key point:“Only use ‘blonde’ if you know you’re talking about a woman or women“.

Blond or Blonde (As a Noun)

Como sustantivo,“blonde“refers to a woman. For everything else use“rubio“.

For example:


  • My brother is a blond. ✔️
  • My brother is a blonde. ❌
  • My brothers are blonds. ✔️
  • My brothers are blondes. ❌


  • The waitress is a blond. ❌
  • The waitress is a blonde. ✔️
  • The waitresses are blonds. ❌
  • The waitresses are blondes. ✔️

Neither Male nor Female or Unknown

  • The teacher is a blond. ✔️
  • The teacher is a blonde. ❌
  • The teachers are blondes. ❌
  • The teachers are blonds. ✔️

Blond or Blonde (As an Adjective)

Como adjetivo,“rubio“is always correct. It can be used to describe men (eg, man, king), women (eg, duchess, actress), neutral objects (eg, mannequin, toy), and plurals (eg, men, kings, mannequins, duchesses, children).

However, to show off your grammar skills, you can use“blonde“as an adjective to describe singular or plural women (for example, girl, girls, sister, sisters).

For example:


  • The blond waiter ✔️
  • The blonde waiter ❌
  • The blond brothers ✔️
  • The blonde brothers ❌


  • The blonde waitress ✔️
  • The blond waitress ✔️
  • The blonde sisters ✔️
  • The blond sisters ✔️

Neither Male nor Female or Unknown

  • The blonde teacher ❌
  • The blond teacher ✔️
  • The blonde teachers ❌
  • The blond teachers ✔️

Brunet / Brunette

Se aplican las mismas reglas para“morena“y“morena“. However, as the term“moreno“is rarely used to describe men (people always use“Brown“), only see“morena“.

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