English Grammar Lessons
Gender - Glossary of Terms
The gender of a noun can be masculine,
feminine or neuter. In
English, all nouns are neuter unless they obviously refer to something male
neuter gender / boy - masculine
gender / princess - feminine
Ships and other machines are sometimes affectionately given a feminine
I have worked
most of my life on this boat; she is a beauty.
It is also common practice to use a masculine gender in writing to represent
both masculine and feminine.
must read his line when the light by his name illuminates.
The alternative is very unwieldy:
actor/actress must read his/her line when the light by his/her name
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