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French is Latin mispronounced by proto-Germans. Both Latin and German have three grammatical genders: masculine, feminine and neutral. Both languages are part of the Indo-European family and derive their gender system from the same root. Given this history, it isn't surprising that proto-French started out with these three genders. Over time, like most ...
In fact the classification is at least 6000–8000 years old and dates back to Proto Indo European (also the ancestral language of English, Hindi, Russian, and many others) where there were at first two "genders" (animate and inanimate) and then three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. It's possible that these evolved out of genuine religious belief ...
As far as I know the distinction exists from the beginning of the language, because it is derived from latin (which also has m/f classification, and even "neutral"). As to rules, for "most" words the gender comes from the object of the word. Also, some words have a gender from their sense, for example, qualities are mostly feminine. Masculine is used for ...
pourquoi tant de frilosité à utiliser complétion qui rend bien compte de la notion qui veut etre exprimée, qui existe dans la langue francaise, qui n'est pas vilain et qui est logique linguistiquement...? :-)
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