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Masculine and Feminine Nouns

Masculine nouns are used for males and feminine nouns for females.

Can you identify which nouns are considered masculine and which are considered feminine?


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Remember: If there are words that you don’t know, don’t guess! Look for their meanings in a dictionary so you can learn. It’s always nice to learn something new, right? If you don’t have a dictionary on hand, there are online dictionaries that you can use, such as the Merriam-Webster online dictionary.

Masculine and Feminine Nouns

Notes on noun genders

  • Some nouns are feminine or masculine.
  • Other nouns are neuter, which means they do not have a particular gender.
  • Some nouns for occupations and professions have a masculine and feminine form (for example, waiter and waitress) while some have no particular gender (for example, doctor).
  • Some professions have a masculine and feminine form (for example, actor and actress) but the masculine form (like “actor”) may be used for both men and women.
  • Others prefer to use the neuter form of a noun (chairperson) even though there are masculine and feminine forms available (chairman and chairwoman).

This can all seem a bit complicated, but just remember: everyone, whatever gender, deserves to be treated with respect.

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