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30 January 2016
Why is Pays de Galles masculine and not plural? Is it an exception?
This question relates to:French lesson "Using en with feminine countries and au(x) with masculine countries to say in or to (prepositions)"
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Good question! I suspect you're comparing "Pays de Galles" with "Pays-Bas" and they do look like they both ought to be plural. In fact, however, "pays" is actually the same word in singular and plural form (a bit like "sheep" in English). It means land or lands, and the country names literally mean, The Land of the Galls (Le Pays de Galles = Wales), and The Low-Lands (Les Pays-Bas = Holland).
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