Gender in French language
March 15, 2005 3:41 PM Subscribe
Please explain to a clueless person how genders are decided in French language...
posted by fire&wings to writing & language (22 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm not studying French, I just wonder about the gender issue. Do sanitary towels immediately become female because of their purpose, as condoms might do for men? Are there discrepancies between predominantly female activities and male nouns, vice versa? What happens when there is a major invention (and mainstream term) like Television or the Internet? Who decides whether it is male or female? Are there broad categories to suggest which definition should be used? It's hard to cut throuigh all the courses on google. My knowledge of foreign language is limited, so careful treading is appreciated!