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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".


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 ...


I don't know what percentage of languages use gender for nouns, but the language I know second-best (after English and before Spanish) uses gender, too (German). I find using gender makes things more complicated, but also more clear/precise. zB, when you say "the teacher" in English, it doesn't tell you whether the teacher is male or female (without adding ...

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