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Masculine - Glossary of Terms


Masculine

English has three genders for nouns and pronouns: masculine, feminine, and neuter.  The associated singular pronouns are he, she and it.  Unless obviously male (e.g., man, boy, bull) or female (e.g., lady, vixen, sow), nouns tend to be neuter by default.  An animal can be referred to as it, or he or she when the sex is known. Large machines, such as ships and trains, which - by default - are neuter, are sometimes affectionally called she.  For ease, he is sometimes used in writing to represent he and her.  Likewise, his is used for his and her.

Interactive example:

She / He / It / Them / Drake / Wizard / Goat / QE2 [show me the masculine ones]
 
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