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NOUNS : What is a Noun? : Abstract Nouns : Collective Nouns : Case Nouns : Possessive Nouns : Common Nouns : Gender Nouns : Plural of Compound Nouns : Proper Nouns

Gender Forms of Nouns:
Masculine and Feminine Gender Words

Gender Forms of NounsMany modern languages have endings for nouns, pronouns, and even adjectives, to indicate if the person or thing is male or female. Only a few English nouns show the gender (the sex) of the thing. In other languages gender does not always indicate sex, but in English it does. For example:

man is masculine gender (male)

woman is feminine gender (female)

prince is masculine gender (male)

princess is feminine gender (female)

Where English nouns indicate gender, we use entirely different words for male and female (masculine and feminine gender).

boy girl   bachelor bachelorette
king queen   gander goose
horse mare   drake duck
buck doe   bull cow
male female   boar sow
father mother   man woman
husband wife   son daughter


We use the ending -ess in English with the masculine form to indicate feminine gender. This is the only feminine ending, except one, for English nouns.

prince princess duke duchess
lion lioness actor actress
waiter waitress hunter huntress
master mistress tiger tigress
emporer empress count countess

Exception— Hero has the word heroine for the feminine, as if -ine were a feminine ending.

Gender applies to so few English nouns—it is almost not worth learning its rules; however, we need to learn it because we need to know the agreement of the personal pronoun with its noun antecedent in gender.

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NOUNS : What is a Noun? : Abstract Nouns : Collective Nouns : Case Nouns : Possessive Nouns : Common Nouns : Gender Nouns : Plural of Compound Nouns : Proper Nouns