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hacha (feminine noun (uses el in the singular, las in the plural)) — axe, hatchet. Look up hacha in the dictionary

¿Crees que puedes talar ese árbol con el hacha?
Do you think you can fell that tree with an axe?
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Old July 07, 2011, 05:28 PM
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Hacha can also be used in a different way.

Ser un hacha ( o estar hecho un hacha ) en algo : to be an ace doing something
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This is a discussion thread for the Daily Spanish Word for January 10, 2010

hacha (feminine noun (uses el in the singular, las in the plural)) — axe, hatchet. Look up hacha in the dictionary

¿Crees que puedes talar ese árbol con el hacha? Do youthink you can fell that tree with the axe?
Do you think you can fell that tree with an axe?- Crees que puedes talar ese árbol con un hacha?



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"Hacha" is also a "torch" (not a flashlight) and a big candle.
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This is a discussion thread for the Daily Spanish Word for January 10, 2010

hacha (feminine noun (uses el in the singular, las in the plural)) — axe, hatchet. Look up hacha in the dictionary

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So now a feminine noun uses el?

Using the Tomisimo dictionary for hacha there is only one translation showing "el" and that is for chopper.
Would that be the only version that uses el?
Are there other spanish words that use the rule?

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Short answer: any feminine noun that starts with tonic "a" sound uses "el" as its preceding definite article. That may be extended to indefinite article "una".

There are a lot of web resources on that. You may start here.
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Yes, there are other words. These are the ones I remember:

el arpa
el agua
el hampa
el ama
el arca
el hambre
el águila
el asma

Edit: Not all feminine words that start with "a" or "ha" use "el.

La árabe (the Arab woman)
La hache (the consonant 'h')
La a (the vowel 'a')

And I'm sure there are others.
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Thanks for that! That makes sense like "el mapa". Great!
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Thanks for that! That makes sense like "el mapa". Great!
But mapa is masculine and hacha is feminine. We know the gender of a noun through the gender of the adjective that modifies it:

el hacha filosa --> esa hacha filosa
el mapa completo --> ese mapa completo
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Thanks for that! That makes sense like "el mapa". Great!
That's a different case. Words that end in "a" but are masculine..

El programa
El dilema

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