Nouns can be classified according to their gender (masculine, feminine, common or neuter).
- Masculine words denoting male creatures, e.g. boy, brother.
- Feminine words denoting female creatures, e.g. girl, sister.
- Common words denoting creatures of either sex, e.g. child, student.
- Neuter words denoting things things of neither sex, e.g. bag, house.
Exception: We often speak of things, such as a car, as being male or female. Names of things that suggest power or dignity are often spoken of as being masculine. Names of things that suggest beauty or gentleness are often spoken of as being feminine.
Example: Death is referred to as masculine.
Example: Nature is referred to as feminine.
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