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Food question

I'm 40 yrs. old and finally learning Spanish! I have my 13 yr. old learning French as that is the only language offered at our high school, so I want to thank you for this free app :-) My question , Is there a reason/easier way to remember why some foods are "El" and some are "La" ?

4 years ago

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Usually, foods ending in e or o are masculine, and foods ending in a are usually feminine. This is for most cases, although some end with none of these letters, or end with one of these letters, but it is really the other gender. Pan (bread) would be masculine, and agua (water) is also masculine, but manzana (apple) is femine. As you can see, it can be quite random. For this reason, I keep a list. It always has helped me :). If you do not want to take the time to write all of these things down, I don't blame you. You are very far in.

Good luck,

THE_DOCTOR

4 years ago

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"agua" is actually feminine. But like many nouns that start with a stressed "a" sound, it will use the masculine article to avoid having two "a" sounds in a row: "la agua" is harder to pronounce than "el agua".

4 years ago

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As I said, when singular it uses the masculine article, but it's actually feminine. That's why you see things like "agua fresca" instead of "agua fresco", because adjectives have to match the word's gender, which, for water, is feminine.

Other examples: El arma - las armas; el √°guila - las √°gulias.

http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp?spen=agua

Google translate is NOT a reliable source. (And hey, if you put in "the waters", it gives you - guess what - las aguas.)

4 years ago

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I think it's one of those things you just have to learn by rote. although if a word ends in "a" ("manzana") there is a good chance it's feminine (la manzana).

4 years ago

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Hey! It's great that you're learning so much and I'm happy for you! I don't have an answer for your question, but someone in the Spanish section of the forums probably will. Here in the General section, your post can be lost quickly among the new posts and you might not get the quality replies you will get in the Spanish section

You can still move your post by hitting that Edit button under your post and selecting Spanish from the dropdown menu.

4 years ago

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Thank you everyone for your answers, I really need to make a list of certain things, food and animals, etc. that seem to randomly have La or El prior to the word. This is so exciting, I feel like I'm learning again after so many years.

4 years ago