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Noun: Gender

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Common Gender - definition

A noun that can denote both male and female gender is said to be of a common gender.
For example: person, parent, enemy, servant, neighbour

Neuter Gender - definition

A noun that denotes a thing that is neither male nor female is said to be of a neuter gender.
For example: leaf, fruit, pencil, paper

Masculine Nouns - definition

A noun that denotes a male person or animal is said to be of the masculine gender.
For example: boy, king, bull

Feminine Gender - definition

A noun that denotes a female person or animal is said to be of the feminine gender.
For example: girl, queen, cow

Formation of Feminine Nouns by Using Different Words - definition

Feminine nouns may be formed by using entirely different words from masculine nouns.
For example:
Masculine - husband; Feminine - wife
Masculine - bull; Feminine - cow
Masculine - king; Feminine - queen

Formation of Feminine Nouns by Adding a Syllable Without Dropping a Vowel - definition

Feminine nouns may be formed from the masculine by adding a syllable (such as -ess, -ine, -trix, -a, etc) without dropping the vowel of the masculine ending.
For example:
Masculine - author; Feminine - authoress
Masculine - poet; Feminine - poetess
Masculine - shepherd; Feminine - shepherdess
Masculine - hero; Feminine - heroine
Masculine - testator; Feminine - testatrix
Masculine - czar; Feminine - czarina

Formation of Feminine Nouns by Adding a Syllable and Dropping a Vowel - definition

Feminine nouns may be formed by adding a syllable (-ess, -ine, -trix, -a, etc) after dropping the vowel of the masculine ending.
For example:
Masculine - actor; Feminine - actress
Masculine - tiger; Feminine - tigress
Masculine - duke; Feminine - duchess

Formation of Feminine Nouns by Placing a Word Before or After - definition

A feminine noun may be formed by placing a word before or after the word.
For example:
Masculine - grandfather; Feminine - grandmother
Masculine - landlord; Feminine - landlady
Masculine - salesman; Feminine - saleswoman

Changing Masculine Nouns To Feminine Nouns By Other Means - example

There are different ways in which we may change the gender of the noun from masculine to feminine. One such way is by adding the word 'she' before the noun. For example: she-goat, she-wolf.