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How do you say "boiling water" in spanish? Is it agua hirviente?

How would you say "He spilled boiling water on his hand'" "Se derramó agua hirviente en la mano" '? do you need a "la" in front of "agua"?

thanks guys :]]

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updated ENE 26, 2009
posted by dbro

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Where I come from we say "agua hirviendo".

updated ENE 27, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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Not only this site: Google the word - 163,000 hits

hirviente

updated ENE 27, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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According to a native speaker,

the RAE (Real Academia Española) ([url=http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltConsulta'TIPO_BUS=3&LEMA=hirviente]http://buscon.rae.es/draeI/SrvltConsulta'TIPO_BUS=3&LEMA=hirviente[/url]),

wordreference.com (<http://www.wordreference.com/es/en/translation.asp'spen=hirviente>),

and thefreedictionary.com (http://es.thefreedictionary.com/hirviente),

the word "hirviente" does not exist. The correct word would be "hirviendo". So why does this word exist on this website?

the "la" instead of "el" for "agua" was just a mental gap out on my part raspberry

Anyone who has anymore info on this subject please share.

updated ENE 27, 2009
posted by dbro
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"Agua hirviente" is correct.
"He spilled boiling water on his hand." translates as "Se le derramó agua hirviente en la mano." "le" referrs to the person to whom the hand belongs.
When you use an article in front of agua you have to use el because of the accent being on the innitial "a". Although agua is feminine, words that begin with an accented "a" come from the Arabic influence on Spanish. It is correct to say, "El agua está fria."

updated ENE 26, 2009
posted by Judy
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