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Arbiters of the French language have spoken: 'Covid' is feminine

(CNN)For months, the people of France have faced an énigme. Was Covid-19, the new coronavirus tearing across the globe, masculine or feminine? Grammatically speaking, that is. In practical terms, should the French use a "le" or a "la" before the disease's name? Now, the group charged with preserving the French language has spoken. Covid-19, the Académie Française decided, is assuredly feminine, despite its increasingly common usage with the masculine article.The group is a French institution, upholding the French language by protecting it against things like anglicisms or other perceived threats. In this case, their work relies in part on sorting out nouns by gender, a grammatical construction common in many Romance languages.An example ...