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What is the difference between neŭtra and neŭtrala? I learned that they both translate to neutral in English. Is there a nuanced difference between those two words?

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    It seems as if English just isn't specific enough in this instance. 😄 – Charlotte SL Sep 14 '16 at 16:22
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They are two different words.

From Vortaro:

Neŭtra
Tia, ke ĝi apartenas nek al unu nek al alia el du kategorioj.
That which belongs to neither of two categories.

Examples: Neither man or woman, acidic or alkaline, positive or negative (charge).

Neŭtrala
Ne partoprenanta, nek volanta partopreni en diskuto, konflikto, milito.
Not participating, nor wanting to participate in a discussion, conflict, war.

Examples: Neutral country, neutral language.

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According to JC Wells' dictionary, neŭtra is "neuter", ie something neither masculine nor feminine, mostly in grammar. I guess you could say La veterinaro neŭtrigis la katon for a non-grammar example. Something very different from "neutral"!

Only neŭtrala means "neutral".

  • I think neŭtrigis is a more common choice. – Andrew Woods Sep 14 '16 at 15:39

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