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V. I. C. (Vampire International Chronicle)


"Prince" or "Princess"?

In English setting, it is often considered offensive to call a female sovereign "Princess" instead of "Prince". However, the Czech language recognizes four grammatical genders – and not to be too easy to comprehend, it also contains a phenomenon called gender inflection, when all the words (adjectives, pronouns etc.) related to a noun change their form depending on the grammatical gender of that noun.
If Czechs would ignore the gender inflection, it would not sound graceful, but ridiculous.
Thus, in Czech we use "Princezna" (Princess) and in English we keep saying "Prince" also regarding a female sovereign. Except for the moments we just mix it up unintentionally, of course :-)

Naposledy upravováno : 2015, 02.04., 12:19:02