naming of plants

John Weagle
Sat, 09 Jan 2016 08:57:23 PST
Last night we had a brief Arabic lesson, the staggering number of pronouns especially for you - formal, informal, male, female, mixed duos - and how bewildering the writing of each is.

On Jan 9, 2016, at 12:38 PM, penstemon <> wrote:

If language rules made any sense then I would write a neuter noun as das buch so as not to offend the ladies & gentlemen of nouns.

”Usage” or “convention” might be preferable to “rules”,when it comes to English. Most of the rules of English grammar, for instance, were made up by nineteenth-century academics. (Proscription of the “split infinitive” being an example.)
German has oddities too. “Das Maedchen und das Kind.” 

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