"Please, I need a lot of water."
Translation:Por favor, yo necesito mucha agua.
UPDATED: Thanks to marcy65brown for the explanation that agua is actually feminine even though it uses "el"! <3
Duolingo told me that my answer ("...mucho agua") was incorrect, because "agua" is feminine. But "agua" is masculine, not feminine. The correct answer should be "mucho agua" (not "mucha agua").
Well, actually agua is feminine and needs feminine adjectives. Students often think it's masculine because it uses el (and un).
But the el doesn't indicate gender here. It's used with any feminine noun that starts with a stressed a sound: el alma, el hambre, el águila, el hacha, el ave, el arma, etc.
So it's mucha agua, el agua fresca, las aguas frías.
I took three years of Spanish in high school and never got an explanation that thorough. Thank you.
Thanks for the very helpful explanation. I wish Duolingo would provide more context like you have (that agua is actually feminine...).
I understand the explanation and appreciate it, but it sure is a "landmine" when you first run across it!
im confused about muchas and mucha, because I was to believe that muchas meant "a lot of" and mucha meant "a lot" but the translation wants mucha for "a lot of"
Muchas is just the plural version of mucha, so they both mean "a lot" or "a lot of" The difference just depends on the noun they're describing e.g. mucha agua (a lot of water)/ muchas aguas (lots of waters).
You must match it to whatever it is describing. If it is describing something feminine and singular (agua) then you would use mucha. Perros (masculine and plural) would use muchos... etc