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Gender is a grammatical feature that was present in Proto-Indo-European, that is, the common ancestor of a diverse group of languages including both English and Spanish, as well as Greek and Hindi. The development of that is an interesting read. Both Anglo-Saxon and Latin (the languages from which English and Spanish derive) had a three way gender ...
Agua is feminine. The key here is singular feminine nouns that starts with stressed 'a' or 'ha'. Examples: el alma viva, el arma peligrosa, el hambre canina, el habla clara, el hacha pesada, el águila altiva, el ala blanca. Then the noun is feminine, and the adjective must be feminine although the article is masculine. And only when the article is ...
They aren't actually gender neutral nouns in Spanish except adjectives that have been forced into nouns like lo bueno. Neuter gender would mean they'd use the article lo, or would always use a neuter adjective form (which is -o, it matches the masculine one). Of the Romance languages, only Asturian and Romanian have significant use for the neuter with ...
Agua has the thonic sylabe in the A, words starting like that became "masculine" but just in singular form: El Agua, El águila, El aula, El arma. Las aguas, las águilas, las aulas, las armas. That's because it would sound "lagua". That doesn't sound good. But sometime you will use "la" with those words but it's better if you use "el".
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