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Why is it that many people say זכותו יגן עלינו - according to grammar, shouldn't it be תגן עלינו since זכות is feminine?

I guess I am just looking for a justification of the general practice.

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Google has twice as many results for זכותו תגן עלינו as for זכותו יגן עלינו –  Double AA Apr 11 '13 at 4:19
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I'm just asking why I see זי״ע in many sefarim and not זת״ע. And saying they were ignorant to such a basic rule in grammar isn't a good answer I'm my opinion –  AEML Apr 11 '13 at 11:13
    
@DoubleAA google.com/… (5120 first-page estimate) vs. google.com/… (85200 first-page estimate). –  msh210 Apr 11 '13 at 15:56
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In Medieval Rabbinic literature nouns with suffixes were generally seen as grammatically male, hence the זכותו יגן instead of זכותו תגן.

See http://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%9E%D7%95%D7%95%D7%AA#cite_note-6

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