Can you please tell me if countries are referred to in the feminine form? For example, "Spain submitted her report." Or should it be "Spain submitted its report."? Many thanks.
It depends on your emotional feeling towards the inanimate object.
To a proud boat owner, the boat is definitely 'she'.
To confirmed landlubbers: their emotional detachment would be revealed when they said, "Is it sea-worthy?" "Is it big enough to handle waves that size?"
I would definitely say, "Britain and her allies..."
yet say (and so as not to offend EU or Commonwealth members) "Botswana Land and its allies..." I have no particularly warm fuzzy feeling about Botswana Land.
However, with some issue that does not rouse the patriotic, partisan juices, I would say:
"Britain will table its report on fiscal responsibilities to the International Monetary Fund next month."
Last edited by David L.; 01-Mar-2009 at 15:48.