How am I supposed to know whether Merseyside (for example) is masculine or feminine?

ArndisA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

How am I supposed to know whether Merseyside (for example) is masculine or feminine?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

You are not,  it's a case of having a feel for what sounds right.

Dans le Merseyside , dans le Yorkshire, dans le Devon, dans la Région des Lacs etc...sound correct to me.

But en Ecosse, en Irlande, au Pays de Galles are correct and well known regions of the UK by the French.

In English these counties and regions don't have a gender so we have to invent an equivalence in French.

I have just looked at a French tourist website to see how they describe the different regions : Le Yorkshire de l'ouest , le Sussex de l'ouest, interesting ...

 

 

ArndisA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
For a beginner who is just practicing with these rules I don't think it's a fair question if we can't be expected to identify the gender. 

How am I supposed to know whether Merseyside (for example) is masculine or feminine?

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