Thanks to Anijo I now know (until my neurons evaporate) that the
is a singular subject which must then be conjugated accordingly. United States
This leads us to a typically Sunday light topic: What is the gender of the 50
n States in French or other European languages? America
A quick look at Wiki and we come back with the following result: 8 of the 50 American states are considered feminine in gender (in French) regarding their names and the way they must be conjugated.
Carolina (North and South)
Suffice to look at the last letter of each one and you can't be mistaken that the a ending is indicative of a Latin root. Which doesn't explain much since 12 other States also end with an a.
Dakota (north and south)
Hmmmm… looks like I need a linguist's expertise here since many names have their roots in the native's own names for their territories. Maybe did the colonists adapt the original Indian names to a more European educated-sounding tune.
Another wild guess : Save for
, all these names are girl first names in French (Virginie, Caroline, Louis/Louise) or Spanish. Pennsylvania
My attention was called upon this rather unimportant matter a dozen years ago about
since that was, at the time, the only State that came to my mind as being feminine in French. The answer I got then was referring to a Spanish novel and I left it to it. California
But here you'll find a much comprehensive article regarding the origin of the name
I suppose you'll find similar articles on Wiki a propos all American States whether they bear a "feminine" name or not.
I haven't furthered the research in German, Polish or Italian but hey, today is Sunday…
is masculine be it in French or Spanish. Le nouveau Mexique, el Nuevo Mexico. New Mexico