''El aula'' o ''La aula''?


Hi all!

l saw this word lately, and l'm confused because l've seen it in the feminine form: La aula = classroom & the masculine one El aula = classroom!

So which one is right? is it feminine or masculine?

Thank you ^_^

updated AGO 10, 2011
posted by 00b6f46c
Hi Lovely!
Hi Paco :)
Lovely, go to the link in my post

2 Answers


Aula is a feminine noun, but you say el aula. Why? Because there is a rule that if the word starts with "a" or "ha" and the accent is on the first syllable, you must use "el" regardless of gender.

Note that the plural changes to las aulas.

Some other words that this rule applies to:

el agua --> las aguas

el águila --> las águilas

el hada --> las hadas

updated JUN 25, 2011
edited by gintar77
posted by gintar77
I missed the "a" sounds Thanks Gintar
It's cool. It's a very common mistake and easily overlooked even if you know the rule.
Good explanation Ginatr. Thank you :)
Muchas gracias!

" Aula" femenine noun" Drae. Therefore " El aula" is correct because you cannot have the two " A" sounds together, As Gintar says in his post. But when you go to plural it becomes " las aulas"


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updated JUN 25, 2011
edited by pacofinkler
posted by pacofinkler
Mmm now l'm confused because l just saw a question about that and Heidi said it was masculine! well if it's from the Drae than it's right! thank you Paco :)
Thank you Frank for sharing *hugs*
Thank you Paco ^_^