What Is the Masculine Gender? (with Examples)

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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: Here are the associated singular pronouns:

GenderPronounPossessive Adjective
(a type of pronoun)
Absolute Possessive Pronoun
masculine pronounshe
Example: He is warm.
Example: Those are his tools.
Example: Those are his.
feminine pronounsshe
Example: She is warm.
Example: Those are her shoes.
Example: These are hers.
neuter pronounsit
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.)

Interactive example:

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.)

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