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Kwiziq community member
6 April 2018
Why is Israel in effect neutral gender?
This question relates to:French lesson "Using le, la, l', les with continents, countries & regions names (definite articles)"
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).
Kwiziq language super star
16 April 2018
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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