When do you know if a voutry is masculine or feminine

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Kwiziq community member

26 July 2018

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When do you know if a voutry is masculine or feminine

I was told most countries are masvuline, but feminine when ending in e

This question relates to:
French lesson "Using le, la, l', les with continents, countries & regions names (definite articles)"


Kwiziq community member

26 July 2018


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Kwiziq language super star

26 July 2018


Hi Hilary,

The largest category of countries in French are feminine ones. Those ending in 'ie' are normally feminine because of their latin root 'ia'.

Often, when a country ends in a consonant,  it will be masculine but not always, you may find exceptions to all of these rules.

Here are some examples of countries who might appear to be feminine but are in fact masculine.

Le Mexique, Le cambodge, Le Mozambique, Le Vénézuela, Le Nicaragua etc...

Hope this helps!

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