9 Nouns – Genders

Nouns

Nouns have three Genders: People can be Masculine (for males) or Feminine (for females), things and animals are usually Neutral.

Some Nouns have a form for each Gender and some just have a male or female form. Things and animals usually just take the neutral form.

MASCULINE FEMININE NEUTRAL
boy girl  –
uncle aunt  –
sir madame  –
father mother spouse
husband wife parent
man woman child
son daughter person
 –  – dog
 –  – dolphin
 –  – table

Words with both Masculine and Feminine form

  • My aunt doesn’t eat meat. She is a vegetarian.
  • My uncle doesn’t eat meat. He is a vegetarian.

Words with Masculine, Feminine and Neutral form

  • Our daughter likes football. She plays it every day.
  • Our son likes football. He plays it every day.
  • This table has four legs. It is very stable.

Words with Neutral form only

  • The dog is 10 kilos.  It is heavy.
  • The dolphin has been cured. It was injured.
  • The table is 500 euros.  It is expensive.

We usually use He and She (masculine and feminine) for people, however we use It (neutral) for things and animals (except for pets and domestic animals when they’re considered to be intelligent and have feelings).

There are three Genders: People can be either Masculine (for males) or Feminine (for females), whereas things are usually Neutral.

We can use he or she when describing pets and domestic animals but only when they are considered to have feelings or to be intelligent. In some cases the same concept is expressed with different nouns for each gender.

For example:
— “My uncle doesn’t eat meat. He is a vegetarian.” = We use “He” because uncle is masculine.
— “My aunt doesn’t eat meat.  She is a vegetarian.” =  We use “She” because aunt is femenine.

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