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Countries, Adjective Forms, and Nationalities (#8), by Dennis Oliver

 

 

The adjective forms for countries and the names for citizens of countries
are often confusing in English. This happens for two reasons. First, there
is no easy way to change a country's name to its adjective form because
several different endings are used for this purpose. Second, the words
for nationalities are often the same as the adjective forms, but not always.

Here is more information on names of countries, their adjective forms,
and the words used for their citizens.

 

Countries, Adjective Forms,
and Nationalities (#8)

 country
 

 adjective
 

nationality
         
Laos   Lao, Laotian   Lao, Laotian
         
Latvia   Latvian   Latvian
         
Lebanon   Lebanese   Lebanese
         
Lesotho   Basotho   Mosotho (singular),
Basotho (plural)
         
Liberia   Liberian   Liberian
         
Libya   Libyan   Libyan
         
Liechtenstein   Liechtenstein   Liechtensteiner
         
Lithuania   Lithuanian   Lithuanian
         
Luxembourg   Luxembourg   Luxembourger

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Special Notes:

1.   Note that both Lao and Laotian may be used for the
adjective and/or nationality forms for
Laos.
     
2.   Notice the unusual nationality forms used for Lesotho:
Mosotho for singular, Basotho for plural. Notice,
also, that the adjective form is
Basotho.

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