What Is the Feminine Gender? (with Examples)
What Is the Feminine Gender? (with Examples)Feminine gender is one of three genders in English grammar. The three genders for nouns and pronouns are: singular pronouns:
(a type of pronoun)
|Absolute Possessive Pronoun|
Example: He is happy.
Example: This is his car.
Example: This is his.
Example: She is happy.
Example: This is her car.
Example: This is hers.
Example: It is happy.
Example: This is its bone.
Example: This is its. (rare)
Unless obviously male (e.g., man, boy, bull) or female (e.g., lady, vixen, sow), nouns tend to be neuter by default in English.
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.
You Can Use he to Mean He and SheHe is often used in formal writing to represent both he and she. Similarly, his is used for his and her. For example:
- Each employee is to place his/her name next to his/her locker. (Not wrong, but too unwieldy)
- Each employee is to place his name next to his locker. (An acceptable, common practice)