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Do synonyms always have the same gender

For example: dog in Portuguese can be translated as "cão" or "cachorro". Is it a coincidence that they are both masculine, or would two different words for the same noun always have the same gender?

June 20, 2013

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https://www.duolingo.com/Paulenrique

No, thats a coincidence. Synonyms dont exactly need to have the same gender. Language = O idioma / A língua. So, it depends on the gender of the word

June 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/r_i_l_e_y

Cheers for that. I guess that means the assignment of gender to a noun must be relatively arbitrary.

June 20, 2013

https://www.duolingo.com/sdrake

Generally speaking, that's true of all languages that use gender. Linguistically speaking, gender is a classification system, not some way of saying that tables and forks have feminine qualities.

July 5, 2013
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