In some languages, nouns have gender. This means that a noun causes other words such as adjectives to change their spelling according to certain rules. Grammatical gender has little to do with biological gender. English does not have grammatical gender for nouns.On the other hand, the biological gender of the thing or person referred to does affect a few areas of English grammar.
Gender of nouns - Easy Learning Grammar
|a cow… she or it||a bull… he or it|
|a girl… she||a boy… he|
- He found his book.
- He had been looking for it.
- She found her book.
- She had been looking for it.
- I just saw a mouse. It was running across the room.
- The spider was spinning its web.
- The beetle crawled into its hole.
- The baby threw down its rattle.
- I’ve got a new boat; she’s a real beauty.
- Barry saw Linda. He called out to her that he had found her book.
- Marcia saw Paul. She called out to him that she had found his book.
- Madeleine saw Kim. She said ‘Hello’ to her.
- The truth will emerge. It always does.
- Some nouns denoting people have the same form for masculine and feminine. Nouns used for a group, e.g. government or team, have common or neuter gender, even when we know that the group is made up exclusively of male or female members.
- The government has changed its policy.
- The team has won its first medal at a major championship.
- a driver…he/she
- the cook…he/she
- Each student must apply to his or her tutor for an extension.
- Everyone must apply to their tutor for an extension.
- Someone has left their coat in my room.
- Many nouns denoting an occupation have no explicit gender.
- Call your bank manager today.
- Sue is manageress of a hairdressing salon.
- Actors from all over the UK attended the ceremony.
- Here in the studio to talk about her new book is actress Mary Farrell.
- J.K. Rowling is a highly successful author.
- Judi Dench is one of our finest actors.
- Michelle Stewart has been promoted to Branch Manager.
|the chairman||the chairperson||the chair|
- Would you prefer to see a woman doctor?
- Male staff should use locker room B.
If we are discussing a country from an emotional, economic, or political viewpoint we sometimes use feminine gender.PreviousNext
- Poland has made steady progress restructuring her economy.