LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||03/NOV/2005 12:29 PM|
|Assunto:||Uso de pronomes em referência a nomes neutros.|
I found this at a grammar guide website (http://grammar.free-esl.com/details.asp?fIndex=60).
When we talk about an object, it is neuter. However, if we give the object a personality, we can make the noun masculine or feminine.
This happens with pet animals, or animals we know well:
The dog stayed in her bed and did not eat anything; I think she is ill.
Note: dog is a masculine and neuter noun
It also happens with cars and ships which are often female:
The Titanic sank on her maiden voyage; she hit an iceberg.
My car wouldn't start - I think she is ready for the scrap heap.
Countries are sometimes female:
Britain called on her allies to help fight the threat.
But people sometimes talk about their countries as being the motherland or the fatherland.
So, I think this is it. Countries are neutral, but in general, when you talk about your country in a patriotic way, you talk about it as if it were alive. You tend to consider its "personality", as the site says.
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