Synesis is defined in Wiktionary as

A grammatical construction in which a word takes the gender or number not of the word with which it should regularly agree, but of some other implied word:

"If the band are popular, they will play next month"

Could somebody please add an example of synesis in gender?

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    English isn’t a gendered language, so perhaps that part isn’t applicable here. – Lawrence Dec 11 '19 at 12:25
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    Questions like this should be asked at the Linguistics site instead. – curiousdannii Dec 11 '19 at 12:30
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    Since we don't have gendered nouns in English, it's hard to imagine how you could find an English example. French wikipédia has a number of examples, including Elle avait l’air soucieuse (she had a worried appearance) where the adjective soucieuse has a feminine form, agreeing with elle, even though it modifies the masculine noun air. – Peter Shor Dec 11 '19 at 12:30
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    Perhaps: "She's a fair ship, isn't it?" – rajah9 Dec 11 '19 at 12:37
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    Note that interpreting "band" as plural is British style. US English would (usually) interpret "band" (in the sense of a group of musical instrument players) as singular. (Though "they" would still be used in the subsequent sentence.) – Hot Licks Dec 11 '19 at 12:53

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