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Autor:  asdfih
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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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Uso de pronomes em referência a nomes neutros.  –  Rafael Felipe  02/NOV/2005, 9:41 PM
Uso de pronomes em referência a nomes neutros.  –  Tiago  02/NOV/2005, 10:21 PM
Uso de pronomes em referência a nomes neutros.  –  Dale/RS  03/NOV/2005, 8:40 AM
 Uso de pronomes em referência a nomes neutros.  –  asdfih  03/NOV/2005, 12:29 PM
Regra  –  Rafael Felipe  03/NOV/2005, 2:37 PM
Regra  –  Masa  03/NOV/2005, 4:39 PM
Regra  –  Maria Valeska  03/NOV/2005, 5:38 PM

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