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Re: Mesozoic illnesses

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andreas Johansson" <andreasj@gmail.com>
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2007 8:04 PM

In Latin, _virus_ is a neuter, so the plural would be _vira_

For that it would have to be _virum_, which it isn't. _Virus_ is an exception among the _o_-stems in -_us_ and declined like all others. Gender has no impact on declension, it's the other way around (which in turn has exceptions like _virus_).

(Nouns in -ium are normally also neuters,

Always, even.

with plurals in -ia.)

Which, confusingly enough, also holds for nouns and adjectives in -e, such as _gastrale_.