Unit 2.1

Noun Gender: use

Nouns

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Use

We use nouns in masculine and feminine genders for men and women and the neutral form for things, animals, events, substance or qualities.

Example

Words with masculine, feminine and neutral form:

  • Our boy likes football. He plays it every day.
  • Our girl likes football. She plays it every day.
  • Our child likes football. They* play it every day.

*If we don’t want to reveal the gender.

Words with both masculine and feminine form:

  • My uncle doesn’t have a telephone. He is lonely.
  • My aunt doesn’t have a telephone. She is lonely.

Words with neutral form only:

  • The bill is 100 euros. It is expensive.
  • The email address is there. It is quite long.
  • His mobile phone has broken. We can fix it in the morning.
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