Why is Israel in effect neutral gender?

GwynnB1Kwiziq community member

Why is Israel in effect neutral gender?

Asked 4 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

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!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

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).

Why is Israel in effect neutral gender?

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