Unit 2.1

Noun Gender

Nouns

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We have nouns that can have the following genders:

  • Masculine, feminine and neutral;
  • Masculine and feminine;
  • Neutral.

Some nouns may have different words for different genders.

Masculine Feminine Neutral
boy girl child
father mother parent
husband wife spouse
man woman person
sir madame
son daughter
uncle aunt
dog
dolphin
table

We usually use he (masculine) and she (feminine) for people.  We use it (neutral) for things and animals (except for pets and domestic animals when they’re considered to be intelligent and to have feelings, where we can use he or she).

We can use they as a neutral third person singular pronoun when we don’t know or don’t want to reveal someone’s gender.

NOTE: We can distinguish the gender of some neutral nouns by adding male or female.

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