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Geographic Names

The gender typically is inverted with the last letter of the geographical name — which is to say La France, because France ends with an 'e'. Le California because California ends with an 'a'. As a guideline, geographic names that do not end with an 'e' are masculine, with exceptions. (Le Mexique).

One is "at the" masculine countries/places, but "in" feminine countries/places. Places with masculine articles retain their masculine articles in statements. Nations with feminine articles drop their articles in statements.


"Jouer" can refer to the playing of an instrument or of a game/sport. When it's a game/sport, it's constructed as "play at…" When it's an instrument, it's "Play of…" Note that some sports have a definite article, such as "le tennis."

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