France loves its language. / The French love their language.

ArmadilloAbcd

Senior Member
Italian
Hello,

I would like to know whether the sentence 'France loves its language' is correct.
More precisely, I don't know whether it is possible to treat a country as a human being, and say that it loves something.
If the sentence in question is not correct, then I would suggest the following option: The French love their language.

I thank you in advance for your help. :)
 
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  • se16teddy

    Senior Member
    English - England
    It is possible to personify a country But if you do so, you are not necessarily only referring to the people of the country: you also refer to its institutions, its landscapes and so on.

    When you say "France loves its language", are you thinking of French institutions? My impression is that French institutions do not always love its minority languages, such as Breton or Catalan!

    If you personify France, you have the problem of deciding whether she is female or it is neuter!
     

    ArmadilloAbcd

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Hello se16teddy,
    Thank you very much for your prompt reply!
    I was mainly referring to the people of the country and the word "language" referred to the French language only.
     
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