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PRONOUNS : What is a Pronoun? : Personal Pronouns : Interrogative Pronouns : Indefinite Pronouns : Demonstrative Pronouns : Relative Pronouns : Compound Pronouns : Gender Forms of Pronouns : Troublesome Pronouns

The Gender Form of Pronouns

The Gender Form of Pronouns1) We should learn gender so we know how to use pronouns when we refer to nouns.

EX.— The woman planned her own wedding.
EX.— The man brought his own tuxedo.
EX.— The oak tree drops its colorful leaves in the fall.
EX.— Julia forgot her book. (Julia is singular number and feminine gender. So we use the pronoun her.)

2) A few nouns are personified, meaning we refer to them as masculine or feminine.

EX.— The sun rose in all his (or its) glory.
EX.— The pale moon showed her (or its) illuminated light.
EX.— The Titanic came into her (or its) dock.

2) We use the masculine form of the pronoun to refer to nouns representing both male and female.

EX.— Each one should do his best.
EX.— Every author is expected to write his memoir.

3) We use masculine pronouns, without reference to sex, to refer to large animals notable for strength.

EX.— The polar bear broke his (or its) way through the ice.

4) A small animal usually is referred to as it.

5) Sometimes animals notable for such qualities as delicacy, gentleness, and grace, are thought of as feminine.

EX.— The sparrow made her nest near our window.

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PRONOUNS : What is a Pronoun? : Personal Pronouns : Interrogative Pronouns : Indefinite Pronouns : Demonstrative Pronouns : Relative Pronouns : Compound Pronouns : Gender Forms of Pronouns : Troublesome Pronouns