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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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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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