What Is the Masculine Gender? (with Examples)Masculine 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 warm.
Example: Those are his tools.
Example: Those are his.
Example: She is warm.
Example: Those are her shoes.
Example: These are hers.
Example: It is warm.
Example: Those are its toys.
Example: These are its. (rare)
Unless its meaning makes it obviously male (e.g., boy, king, boar) or female (e.g., princess, hen, mare), a noun in English is neuter by default.
(Note: Large machines, such as ships and trains, which - by default - are neuter, are sometimes affectionally called she. An animal is referred to as it, or he or she when the sex is known.)
|She / He / Them / Drake / Wizard / Goat / QE2 [show me the masculine ones]|
In formal writing, you can use he to represent he and she. Likewise, his is used for his and her. For example:
- Please ask your guest to sign his/her name on his/her ticket. (This is not wrong, but it's unwieldy.)
- Please ask your guest to sign his name on his ticket. (This in an acceptable alternative.)