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Feminine and Masculine Words in English

by IDP IELTS — August 6th, 2020

What is “gender” in language?

Approximately one-fourth of the world’s languages ​​use gender.

Technically speaking, gender in languages ​​is just one way to divide names into classes or categories. The name is the part of the language that names a person, place, thing, idea, action, or quality. It is important to know the difference between grammatical gender and natural gender concepts. Natural gender is basically the biological gender of a living thing. Grammatical gender is one way of classifying names. However, it may not always match natural gender.

In some languages, the grammatical gender may contain more than masculine and feminine. Some languages ​​have words with “neutral” gender. Some languages ​​can also use different genders for living and inanimate beings.

Masculine and feminine words are easier in English grammar.

Are there masculine and feminine words in English?

There is no distinction between masculine and feminine in English. However, sometimes referring to people or animals, words may differ according to gender.

List of masculine and feminine words in English

Masculine 
Feminine 
Gender neutral 
man woman person
father mother parent
boy girl child
uncle aunt
husband wife spouse
actor actress
prince princess
waiter waitress server
rooster hen chicken
stallion mare horse

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