Answered! Jump to accepted answer.
Kwiziq community member
6 April 2018
Why is Israel in effect neutral gender?
This relates to: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!
Login to submit your answer
Don't have an account yet? Join today
Test your French to the CEFR standard