The Mayor


(Miles Barrington) #1

Just reading John West's latest blog post, and the references to the lady mayor of the village intrigue me. I believe it should be said Madame le Maire not Madame La Maire. My question is WHY??


Is the title a masculine position? One of the quirks of the French language... anyone got a simple explanation?


Miles


(Miles Barrington) #2

Ahhh so it is the title or position. That makes sense!


(anon22734253) #3

The masculine/feminine applies to the adjective and not the person… Silly eh? C’est la vie!


(Lynn STONE) #4

I can't tell you why Miles, no more than I couuld tell you why any word is masculine or feminine,

but as far as I know you are right. It shouldbe Mme Le Maire as the word maire is masculine.