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Are there any feminine or masculine nouns in English?

  • November 14, 2016
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Good Grammar Day!

As always, I start a new grammar or vocabulary class after some questions of my students. Thank you so much for your help and hints for new grammar or teaching tips!

My students have recently asked me: “where are the ‘gendered definitions’ in the English language?”

For the native speakers’ information: there are the languages where this meaning is present either in an article or a word construction.

Are there any feminine or masculine nouns in English?

The other students from different countries that go without English (do you know how they manage to do this?) repeatedly question their teachers or tutors – how do I know what this thing means if I don’t know its gender?

English speakers might think of adding something to their speech. Please, don’t even try to do it!

This particular language had worked hard to reduce anything odd possible or impossible. Now we can enjoy its result: we have got comfortable grammar rules, abundant vocabulary thanks to words pregnant with meaning.

However, there is an incredibly simple guide mark to define the gender of some words in the sentence.

The main rule here is to identify if the noun is an animate or inanimate object.

With the animate objects, we will use the pronouns “he, she,” and of course, “we, you, they, I.” We will use the pronoun “it” for inanimate objects.

  1. We say: “I like Leyla. She is my best friend at school.” about our living friend.
  2. We say: “Oh, I know it! It is my best friend.” about some dictionary that helped us throughout our scholarship.

So, now you can walk to your friends and explain this “not difficult at all” subject of the English Grammar.

As always, good luck in your English language!

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