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About the Masculine and Feminine Nouns in Spanish ?

In the Tips and notes, they said nouns that end with an "a" are feminine. But in the lesson, I found Agua (water) is Masculine (el agua) ? Need help !

4 years ago

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"agua" is feminine. "el agua" is correct because "agua" starts with "a". Try "arma" (weapon) which is feminine.

References:

  • Agua is feminine.
  • A special rule: El preceeds feminine words that starts with stressed "a" or "ha".
4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/linhngo68

So if El go with nouns start with "a" or "ha", the noun is faminine ? Is that the special case in Spanish, like irregular in English ?

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/OnesimusUnbound

Yeah, its a special case.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/linhngo68

Thank you very much !

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/linhngo68

opps, I thought El and Un is for Masculine, and La-Una for Feminine :). I started to learn Spanish for 2 day !

4 years ago

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Yes, you are right, that's always like that... Except with words that start with A/HA, then it's always UN/EL.

4 years ago

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Clarification: except with words that start with a STRESSED a/ha.

El agua, las aguas. (water)
El águila, las águilas. (eagle)
El alma, las almas. (soul)
El ala, las alas. (wing)

La aguja, las agujas. (needle)
La ayuda, las ayudas. (help)

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"Agua" is a special case. We don´t say "la agua" because it sounds horrible, to avoid the cacophony we use the male article... but after female adjetive:

For example "el agua bendita" (the holy water) or "el agua está fría" (the water is cold).

Don´t worry, it is only an exception.

4 years ago
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