https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kemalkarahoda

La alba vs el alba ?

Could you tell me which one is the correct one...

June 25, 2012

4 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Frog86

The correct answer is EL ALBA. Nouns finishing with an A are generally of the feminine gender. However, words beginning with an A generally require the masculine article EL, regardless of being masculine nouns or feminine nouns.

June 25, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wataya

@Frog86: ... but only if the first syllable of the word is stressed: 'la arcilla'. The rule applies equally on words starting with 'ha'.

June 26, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kemalkarahoda

Thank you very much indeed...

June 26, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Raymond17

I just wanted to add that in these cases, the noun takes the masculine article, but remains feminine: "el alba bonita" / "el águila negra" / "el agua fría". However, when it comes to Greek words, they are actually masculine throughout: "el programa largo" / "el diafragma abierto".

June 29, 2012
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