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    Usually tender is used to describe women, while gentle is used to describe men. So we prefer saying Mom is tender instead of gentle.

    Is that right?

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    Re: tender-gentle

    No, I can't agree with that at all.

    Tender might be more often used to describe someone's disposition and gentle might be used to describe how something was done: a tender disposition, a gentle touch.

    They don't have genders associated with them.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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