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 Noun gender -English grammar Lessons guide

A noun is said to be in Common gender if it refers to a member of species which can be a male or a female. Child, student, friend, applicant, candidate, servant, member, parliamentarian and leader are few of the common-gender nouns.

Nouns answer the questions "What is it?" and "Who is it?" They give names to things, people, and places.

Noun gender -English grammar Lessons-guide

Noun gender -English grammar Lessons-guide

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dog, bicycle, Mary, girl, beauty, France, world

In general there is no distinction between masculine, feminine in English nouns. However, gender is sometimes shown by different forms or different words when referring to people or animals.

Noun gender -English grammar Lessons-guide

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Many nouns that refer to people's roles and jobs can be used for either a masculine or a feminine subject, like for example cousin, teenager, teacher, doctor, student, friend, colleague


Mary is my friend. She is a doctor.

Peter is my cousin. He is a doctor.

Arthur is my friend. He is a student.

Jane is my cousin. She is a student.

It is possible to make the distinction for these neutral words by adding the words male or female.


Sam is a female doctor.

No, he is not my boyfriend, he is just a male friend.

I have three female cousins and two male cousins.

Infrequently, nouns describing things without a gender are referred to with a gendered pronoun to show familiarity. It is also correct to use the gender-neutral pronoun (it).


I love my car. She (the car) is my greatest passion.

France is popular with her (France's) neighbours at the moment.

I travelled from England to New York on the Queen Elizabeth; she (the Queen Elizabeth) is a great ship.


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