The Exception Proves the Rule

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The Exception Proves the Rule

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Feb 20, 2007, 10:57pm

The "Columbia Encyclopedia" article that is the Group website said that "although Latin had three grammatical genders (masculine, feminine, and neuter), the individual Romance tongues have only two (masculine and feminine)." Well, Romanian has three genders -- the masculine, feminine and also neuter (masculine forms in the singular and feminine in the plural), which may also be called "mixed gender." || In the mid-1970s, I heard presenters at the Southern Modern Language Association report that the neuter gender was dying out in Romanian as a reaction against the Russian (also with three grammatical genders). When I visited Bucharest in 1997, however, the neuter was alive, well and productive, with forms like "sandwich / sandwichuri."