Class 7 English Grammar Chapter 4 The Noun Gender. Gender is the quality of a noun or a pronoun that classifies it as masculine, feminine, common or neuter gender. There are four genders in English Language: Masculine Gender, Feminine Gender, Common Gender and Neuter Gender. Men, boys and male animals are Masculine. Women, girls and female animals are Feminine. A noun which has the same form of masculine and feminine is of the Common Gender; as, baby, student etc. A lifeless thing is of the Neuter Gender; as, pen, book etc.
Class 7 English Grammar Chapter 4 The Noun – Gender
|ClassL 7||English Grammar|
|Chapter: 4||The Noun – Gender|
The Noun: Gender masculine, feminine, common, neuter
Ways of Changing Gender
By adding ess to the Masculine but without any change in the form of Masculine or By adding ess to the Masculine after dropping the last vowel of the masculine.
Changing of Masculine to Feminine by placing a word before or after a noun we can change its gender.
We can change the gender by using an entirely different word.
Nouns as Common Gender
There are some words which are used as common gender. For example, Infant, baby, child, artist, advocate, advisor, accountant, auditor, broker, businessman, cousin, cook, chairman, criminal, chair person, constable, client, driver, engineer, enemy, fool, guest, judge, librarian, musician, manager, novelist, professor, photographer, bird, fowl, elephant, fish, deer, shopkeeper, teacher, student, lawyer, etc.
Points to be remembered
The artists, professionals and executives are now frequently written as masculine for both the sexes, e.g. author, poet, writer, doctor, advocate, driver, cook etc.
Lifeless objects of great strength are often personified as Masculine, e.g. sun, death, anger, time, summer, winter, day, night, thunder, wind.
Fairy, house-wife, nurse and laundress have no masculine gender.
Miss is used for an unmarried girl while Mrs. is used for a married woman.
Mr. is used to address both a married and an unmarried man.
Though collective nouns such as army, people, nation, flock, class and group are used to signify the collection or group of living things, they are classified as neuter gender.