Unit 2.1

Feminine Nouns formation – exceptions


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Feminine nouns can be formed from masculine ones by just adding a suffix.

The various exceptions of the formation of feminine nouns are:

  • Nouns with –tor or –ter: change to –tr and add –ess.
Masculine Feminine
Actor Actress
Waiter Waitress
  • Nouns with –e: add –ss.
Masculine Feminine
Prince Princess
  • Nouns with stressed vowel + consonant: double the consonant and add –ess.
Masculine Feminine
God Goddess
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