Gender-specific Noun

What Is a Gender-specific Noun? (with Examples)

A gender-specific noun refers specifically to a male or a female.

In English, the gender of most nouns is neuter. However, if a noun refers to something obviously male or female, then its gender will be masculine or feminine (as determined by the meaning).

When a noun's meaning makes its gender masculine or feminine, it is said to be a gender-specific noun.

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Examples of Gender-specific Nouns

Here are some examples of gender-specific nouns: These are not gender-specific nouns:

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What is gender? What are nouns? What are pronouns? Abstract nouns Collective nouns Compound nouns Concrete nouns Non-countable nouns (mass nouns) Verbal nouns Gerunds Noun clauses Noun phrases