Unit 2.1

Nouns with Both Genders

Introduction

Nouns refer to a person, place, thing, event, substance or quality.

We can find nouns which are the same for masculine and feminine genders.

Form

There is no fixed rule for the formation of nouns with both genders.

We need to know that some nouns do not have two different forms and we use the same word for all genders.

The most commonly used nouns for both masculine and feminine genders are: cousin, doctor, driver, friend, student, teacher, teenager

Example

  • Sophie is my only cousin. She is very kind to me. 
  • My favourite aunt is a doctor.
  • My uncle Adam is a good driver.
  • Lisa is my best friend, I love her so much. 
  • My sister is a brilliant student.
  • My dad works at school, he is a teacher.
  •  My brother is not a teenager anymore. 

Use

We use nouns to refer to people, places, things, events, substances or qualities.

There is no fixed rule about the nouns which are the same in masculine and feminine genders. We just have to study these words and remember that they remain the same in the two forms.

Summary

There are certain nouns which are the same for both masculine and feminine genders.

The most commonly used are: cousin, doctor, driver, friend, student, teacher, teenager

For example:
— “My mom works at school. She is a teacher.” = Teacher refers to mom and she, therefore, refers to a feminine noun.
— “My dad works at school. He is a teacher.” = Teacher refers to dad and he, therefore, refers to a masculine noun.

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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