"The water is deep and clear."

Translation:El agua es profunda y clara.

February 20, 2013

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water is masculine (el agua) so why is an adjective with water feminine


Ah! but water ("agua") is feminine! Feminine nouns that begin with a stressed "a" take the masculine article, "el," in the singular. This is similar to using "an" before "apple" in English


A clarification popped up on this example in the lesson explaining what you have said. It must be a recent addition. I like it.


Your explanation is deep and clear.


Thank you for that. The latin aqua is feminine, so I wondered why it was el agua.


Aghh! I was just feeling pleased with myself too.


Been at this for months now and think it's the first time I've come across this. Great explanation, thank you very much!!!


Thank you so much for the explanation and example!!!


Thank you so much for your clear, easy-to-understand explanation.


gracias por su explicacion

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    this still makes no sense to me. If agua is feminine, then why the masculine article? This is very confusing. Every Spanish app, dictionary tells me agua needs the masculine article, therefore it is masculine.


    It needs the masculine article to avoid having two strong "a" sounds right after each other.


    I always have trouble with stuff like this. The system accepted my incorrect use of masculine adjectives though.


    Yeah, it did. Maybe because it couldn't discern enough of a difference when I said the words?

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    Uh, said? I'm beginning to feel really confused.

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    Learn something new every day. I'll look for a speaking section.

    ... and found it. Home/(head icon)/edit profile/account/microphone on. ...and now I remember thinking that would drive my wife nuts.


    With the microphone; it was a speaking section. I said, "El agua es profundo y claro." and it was accepted.


    I started out using the microphone feature, then turned it off early on when the system couldn't ever pick up anything I said. It was very frustrating. Then I got a new microphone and started using that part of the lesson again. Maybe it'll work out for you to turn it back on again sometime? The speaking practice is quite helpful.


    I think "esta" should work here too. I couldn't decide whether the water is always deep and clear (ser), or just at the moment (estar).


    I agree. While in many places the deepness of the water is constant, it may quickly change in other places (e.g., tides, flash floods), thus using "estar" would also make sense. Water clarity is really easy to mess with, so my choice would be "estar" regardless.


    Look, first you’re dealing with Duo. Then, the exercise did refer to THE water, like maybe the water a mile off shore where it is always deep until after the global warming thingy really kicks in and the water will be deep everywhere.


    It is a bit confusing because I wrote la agua and got as a comment that agua is masculine... Here there are correct explanations of what is wrong but I will report this as a wrong explanation of the correction.


    Did I miss something or was "clara" not even listed as a possible translation of "clear"?


    Agreed. I don't remember learning this word before and was bummed to lost a heart because the possible translations didn't include this.

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    They do now.


    agua = Concrete Noun «feminine» Note: This type of noun requires the masculine article when in the singular and feminine article in the plural. Adjectives are always in feminine. El agua + <feminine Adj.> , las aguas <<in the plural>> [As per Word Magic Dictionary]


    Why not "honda". Thats how Honduras got its name from Columbus who complained about the "deep" waters.

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    Why was pura not accepted? profunda y pura


    Because "pura" means pure. Water that is clear is not necessarily pure.


    Thanks to those who explained the use of "el" before accented first syllables starting with "a" or "ha." I've studied Spanish on and off for almost 40 years, and I still am amazed when I learn something for the first time.


    muy interesante. es otro algo a saber : el agua


    la frase esta repetida porque da como incorrecto!??? es un error???


    Thanks to 341 for the clarification. I used claro and profundo in this and was marked wrong. Now I see.


    I knew it had to be "el" because of the way Duolingo sets up these questions now. In short, if two choices read "el" and one "la", "el" must be correct. But now i know why :)


    if the noun is masculine then the adjectives also have to be masculine, so none of those answers are correct ://


    Except that the noun in this case (agua) is not masculine, but feminine. Several posts above explain this: feminine nouns that start with the sound of a stressed "a" take the masculine article (el) but nevertheless remain feminine.

    So, yes, the answers with feminine adjectives are correct.

    (See the comment by Hacu just below.)

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