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Why is Israel in effect neutral gender?

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Gwynn

Kwiziq community member

6 April 2018

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Chris

Kwiziq community member

6 April 2018

6/04/18

You mean, why it doesn't take an article? Good question. I am also waiting for Aurélies answer. But I'm afraid that there probably isn't a good reason except for "that's how it is".


-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

16 April 2018

16/04/18

Hi Gwynn,


Israel's long form in French is 'l'Etat d'Israel' which is a bit long so that maybe the reason for shortening to Israel! ( sorry my computer doesn't want to do a 'tréma' on the 'e' today)


Islands and groups of islands don't have an article either...


e.g. Cuba, Haïti, Chypre (Cyprus)


Hope this helps!

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