I saw this Why is "agua" masculine in singular form and feminine in plural? "El agua" / "Las aguas"

but no one told the reason why Argentina is not El Argentina as agua in el agua

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    As the best answer on the post you linked to said, we only use "el" when the feminine word begins with a stressed "a". In "Argentina", it is the "i" which is stressed. Mar 4, 2016 at 6:22
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    I voted to close as a duplicate. This can be answered with other existing questions. The problem is that there is not a single answer that answers this. Check why some country names have articles in front of the name as well as why we use the masculine article for "agua" or "aguila". This question can help too too.
    – Diego
    Mar 4, 2016 at 14:35
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    Also, note that we say "el agua" and "el águila" (note the accent in the a, it can be seen well in this word, unlike agua) but "la araña". As tree house said, it depends on if the first a is stressed or not.
    – Diego
    Mar 4, 2016 at 14:39


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