Heard on the Olympics broadcast

ronbutters at AOL.COM ronbutters at AOL.COM
Sun Aug 10 22:30:20 UTC 2008


Well da, konyeshno. And when the Russians refer to a female they say "ana."

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From: Cohen, Gerald Leonard
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The German diminutive suffix -chen (e.g., in M├Ądchen = girl) is the determining factor here. The nouns in which -chen appears must all be neuter, regardless of their gender in real life.

But the Germans are not unreasonable people, and when talking about a girl they will usually refer to her as "sie" (she), not "es" ("it"; neuter).

Gerald Cohen

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Ron Butters 8/10/2008 3:17 PM, wrote:

<snip> But every high school student who has ever studied German knows that a girl is neuter in that
language.

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