Quick answer
"Water" is a noun which is often translated as "el agua", and "matter" is a noun which is often translated as "el asunto". Learn more about the difference between "water" and "matter" below.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (liquid)
a. el agua
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The healthiest drink is water.La bebida más sana es el agua.
The water of the mountain lake was crystal clear.El agua del lago de la montaña era cristalina.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
2. (to irrigate)
a. regar
I water my garden every Sunday.Riego el jardín todos los domingos.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to secrete saliva)
a. hacerse agua
Her mouth watered when she saw the cake.Se le hizo agua la boca cuando vio el pastel.
4. (to tear up)
a. llorar
My eyes are still watering from the tear gas.Todavía me lloran los ojos por el gas lacrimógeno.
waters
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (body of water)
a. las aguas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The ship entered foreign waters.El barco entró en aguas extranjeras.
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matter(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (issue)
a. el asunto
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
We've discussed this matter enough. It's time to vote.Hemos discutido este asunto bastante. Es hora de votar.
b. la cuestión
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Taking care of the environment is a matter of responsibility.Cuidar el medio ambiente es una cuestión de responsabilidad.
2. (mass)
a. la materia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
That sticky matter on the table needs to be cleaned up.Hay que limpiar esa materia pegajosa que hay en la mesa.
b. la sustancia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The filter eliminates any solid matter in the water.El filtro elimina cualquier sustancia sólida en el agua.
3. (physics)
a. la materia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Traditionally, matter was thought to be composed of atoms.Tradicionalmente, se entendía que la materia estaba compuesta de átomos.
4. (medicine)
a. la materia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Take proper precautions when cleaning a patient's fecal matter.Tome las debidas precauciones al limpiar la materia fecal de un paciente.
b. el pus
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(on a wound)
I think it's infected. There is a green matter oozing from the bandage.Creo que está infectado. Hay pus verde rezumando por la venda.
5. (difficulty)
a. el problema
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
What's the matter with the baby? Why is she crying?¿Cuál es el problema con la bebé? ¿Por qué llora?
6. (publishing)
a. el material
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
She took plenty of reading matter before setting sail across the ocean.Llevó bastante material de lectura antes de zarpar a través del océano.
7. (object of study)
a. el contenido
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
I find the matter of Dr. Robinson's research to be quite fascinating.El contenido de las investigaciones del Dr. Robinson me parece del todo fascinante.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
8. (to be important)
a. importar
That doesn't matter to me at all!¡Eso no me importa nada!
matters
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
9. (situation)
a. las cosas
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Matters have been getting worse as inflation continues to rise.Las cosas han empeorado a medida que la inflación ha ido aumentando.
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