What Is the Neuter Gender? (with Examples)
What Is the Neuter Gender? (with Examples)Neuter gender is one of three genders in English grammar. The three genders for nouns and pronouns are: singular pronouns are:
(a type of pronoun)
|Absolute Possessive Pronoun|
Example: He is cold.
Example: These are his boots.
Example: These are his.
Example: She is cold.
Example: These are her earrings.
Example: These are hers.
Example: It is cold.
Example: These are its toys.
Example: These are its. (rare)
Unless the 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.
Large machines (e.g., ships, trains, cranes) are neuter by default. However, sometimes they are affectionally given a feminine gender (i.e., called she).
By default, an animal is referred to as it. However, if the sex is known, it will be called he or she.
THE POSSESSIVE ADJECTIVE IS ITS NOT IT'SThe neuter possessive adjective is its. It is not it's. The contraction it's means it is or it has. (This is a 100% rule.)
It is a serious grammar mistake to use it's for the neuter possessive adjective.
Read more about its and it's.
You Can Use he to Mean He and SheIn 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.)