el agua is feminine not masculine ?
They said that EL is for the definite article for masculine words, right? Why do we say el agua when agua ends with A which means that it is feminine? Should we not have to say LA AGUA? Please answer.
Even "agua" ends in "a", it is not a female name, you have to remember to use "el" like the article : el agua. the same is for paragua (umbrella) it ends in "a" but you have to say "el paragua", You will learn a lot of words, while you are studying. good look
Hello, and welcome to the forum. I have to disagree with imselec. Agua is always feminine, but it uses the masculine article in the singular because it begins with the letter A and the first syllable is accented, and if it were preceded by la it would sound like lagua. It is feminine even when it uses a masculine article, and any adjectives that modify it must always be feminine. For example, you would say el agua clara and not el agua claro. It revers to using the feminine article in the plural: las aguas, but it never changes gender.
Agua is indeed feminine, but it uses a masculine article. Same thing with el aguila (eagle), el ave (bird). Reason behind this is that it is hard for the Spanish tongue to pronounce the noun with the article "la" if the noun starts with "a," hence the article "el" is used instead. Stress is key, though, since if the stress doesn't fall on the first letter "a" & the noun ends with -a, "la" is still used (ex: la arruga).
Be careful, there are a lot of nouns that end in -a that are masculine (el tema, el idioma, el programa, etc.), & there is one (that I know of) that ends in -o that are feminine (la mano).
Hope this helps.