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A noun is a person, place, thing, or idea. An important characteristic
of Hylian nouns is that the vast majority of them follow a regular pattern.
Unlike English, in which nouns can have almost any ending, Hylian nouns
all have the same ending. Plurality is also indictated by a regular pattern.
Below are the two noun endings.
Many languages, such as Spanish and French, assign nouns a grammatical
gender. For example, the Spanish word lapŪz, which means
"pencil," is masculine; while the word fotografŪa, which
means "photograph," is feminine. If this makes no sense to you, then you're
on the right track. In other languages grammatical gender is assigned to
all words, even inanimate objects. However, in English, words have no grammatical
gender. They only have a natural gener, i.e. "woman" is feminine, and "man"
is masculine. Hylian also uses natural gender for words. It has an invariable
definite article which does not change with gender. There are gender neutral
words, as well as gender specific words, as in English. There is a regular
way of turning a gender neutral word into a gender specific word. Here
are some examples:
Forming Gender-Specific Words
Forming a gender-specific noun confroms to a regular pattern. It involves
taking the word stem and adding a suffix. When a gender suffix is added
to the word, please note that an accent mark is added to preserve the stress
of the original word. Here is an example using dege, which means
"deity" or "god": IMPORTANT NOTE: Only nouns can take a gender-specific
subject, adjectives don't. When using an adjective to describe a gender-specific
noun, the adjective only has to agree in number.
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