Eau is a feminine noun, meaning water. Noir is the adjective black for masculine nouns, whereas noire is the adjective black for feminine nouns.
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Dang it! I assumed it was masculine because words that end with -u tend to be masculine (e.g. bureau, fou, couteau). I guess I'll just have to memorize this one.
God bless you for this
But isn't words that has ending eau usually masculine? Now i'm confused
L'eau is never gendered while learning; to present this question without proper gender is unfair.
Now you know that "l'eau" is a feminine-gender noun.
so "la" and "eau" will become a word? I thought only "le" will combine with other words start with "e, a, "
the french don't like it when a word ends in a vowel and starts in another. just like le homme is l'homme, la eau is l'eau.
Huh, I too assumed it to be masculine because of it's ending and the l' at the front. So, I have learned two good things: l' can also mean La and eau is masculine. Love this stuff! Also nice that other people got hung up on this. Thanks 'all.
What the hell is wrong with that water?
En Flint, Michigan
no you didn't!
Did that water pass through hell or something? XD
Why is eau feminine
There is no answer to the question "why" when it regards the grammatical gender of French nouns.
There are some silly and 'interesting' questions thank you n6zs for all your patience, and your answers.
Since when was water black?!?! Lies
If water is feminine then why can't we use la
When the noun begins with a vowel (or a vowel sound), the definite article (le/la) is required to be contracted, i.e., l'eau, l'homme, l'araignée, l'or.
What the hell? Why "noire" and not "noir"?
L'eau appears to me masculine, doesn't it.
wouldn't want to drink that water...
what gender is the word