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Spanish: gender of the nouns 2- feminine nouns with masculine article

el acta	act, record el agua	water el águila	eagle el ala	wing el alba	dawn el alga	seaweed el alma	woman, soul el arca	chest, box el arm

In Spanish some feminine nouns that begin with a stressed “a” (a or ha) sound are preceded by article masculine (el, un)

Some common feminine  stressed  ”a” words:

el acta – act, record

el agua – water

el águila – eagle

el ala – wing

el alba – dawn

el alga – seaweed

el alma – soul

el arca -chest, box

el arma- weapon

el aspa – cross

el aula – classroom

el ave – bird

el hacha – axe

el hada – fairy

el hambre – hunger

 

Attention: 

1- The noun, despite the masculine article, is feminine.

2- If it is working with an adjective the adjective is feminine:

Ex: El agua fría

El hada buena

3- The plural is feminine:

Ex: las aguas

las hadas

4- When you can use the adjetive between the article and the noun, the article is feminine:

Ex: Las buenas hadas

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