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Activity Discussion Grammar & Vocabulary What are differences between masculine and feminine gender?

  • What are differences between masculine and feminine gender?

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    What are differences between masculine and feminine gender?

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    In English grammar, the concepts of masculine and feminine gender are primarily associated with pronouns and nouns. Masculine gender is used to refer to males, while feminine gender is used to refer to females.

    In terms of pronouns, the masculine gender includes pronouns such as “he,” “him,” and “his.” These pronouns are used when referring to males. For example, we say, “He is tall,” “Give him the book,” or “That is his car.”

    On the other hand, the feminine gender includes pronouns like “she,” “her,” and “hers.” These pronouns are used when referring to females. For instance, we say, “She is intelligent,” “Give her the pen,” or “That is hers.”

    Regarding nouns, certain words are inherently masculine, like “man,” “boy,” “father,” and “uncle.” These nouns are used to specifically denote males. For example, we say, “The man is tall,” “The boy is playing,” or “His father is a doctor.”

    Similarly, there are inherently feminine nouns, such as “woman,” “girl,” “mother,” and “aunt.” These nouns are used to specifically denote females. For instance, we say, “The woman is intelligent,” “The girl is singing,” or “Her mother is a teacher.”

    It’s important to note that in English, many nouns and pronouns do not have inherent gender and can be used for both males and females. These are known as gender-neutral or common gender nouns/pronouns. Examples of gender-neutral pronouns are “they,” “them,” and “their.” For instance, we say, “They are going to the park,” “Give them the book,” or “That is their car.”

    It’s crucial to remember that grammatical gender distinctions are based on traditional societal associations and do not encompass the full complexity of gender identity. People may identify with genders beyond the binary concepts of masculine and feminine. Respecting individuals’ preferred pronouns and gender identities is essential in communication and fostering inclusivity.

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