Why el agua and not La agua?

RheaB1Kwiziq community member

Why el agua and not La agua?

Hola! Yo tengo una pregunta- agua is feminine but the sentence says “el agua es clara”. Is this an exception? Are there others like this? Thank you! 

Asked 11 months ago
JohnC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
Sí Rhea, 

agua is a feminine noun but because two a’s in “la agua” come up against one another, they replace the la with el to make pronunciation easier i.e. el agua, which rolls off the tongue much better.  This particularly happens when the stress is on the first syllable of the feminine noun. 

Here is an excellent lesson which explains everything - there are a few tricky ones in there so be wary. Saludos. John

 Spanish feminine nouns starting with a stressed "a" sometimes use masculine articles and quantifiers

Why el agua and not La agua?

Hola! Yo tengo una pregunta- agua is feminine but the sentence says “el agua es clara”. Is this an exception? Are there others like this? Thank you! 

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