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    Can a woman be called an heir in formal writing, or does it always have to be heiress when referring to a female? Any help would be greatly appreciated...
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    -ess words have largely disappeared from the language these days, so 'heir' is the word.

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    And what about writings that refer to the past, such as something that takes place during the Middle Ages? Could heir still be used instead of heiress when referring to a woman, or was it strictly heiress?

    Example(s):

    The king's daughter was heir to the throne.

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    She was King Bordan's only heir.


    Are these both acceptable and in keeping with the times?


    Thanks for the help, 5jj.
    Last edited by JenningsFB; 30-Jan-2012 at 21:08.

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