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    Storm - Male or Female?

    Hello everyone,
    here I post my another question!

    Is storm a male or a female or ab object?

    My statement :

    He indirectly is trying to say that the biggest storm is on the / his / its / her way!




    Is the above statement Grammar Free?
    Is the above statement having proper punctuation marks?

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    Re: Storm - Male or Female?

    Most nouns in English do not have gender. He is indirectly trying to say that the biggest storm [of what?] is on the way.

    Note that the adverb has also shifted position to make it sound more natural.
    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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    Re: Storm - Male or Female?

    Appreciated !

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    Re: Storm - Male or Female?

    Nature, when personified, tended to be a "her" traditionally. Named storms, like hurricanes were always given female names. Now, they alternate boy-girl-boy-girl.

    Most people would just say "it" for a storm. There's a major storm coming. They say it might bring a foot of snow.

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    Re: Storm - Male or Female?

    Quote Originally Posted by prattsishunk View Post
    Is the above statement Grammar Free?
    I don't understand what you mean. Could you try to explain?

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    Re: Storm - Male or Female?

    There are three genders:
    • masculine (pronoun: he)
    • feminine (pronoun: she)
    • neuter (pronoun: it)


    In modern English, we use masculine gender (he) to refer to men, feminine gender (she) to refer to women, and neuter gender (it) to refer to things.

    As mentioned above, for historical reasons sometimes feminine gender is used in the literary language for countries and mother nature, among other exceptions.

    However, we may almost always use neuter gender (pronoun: it) for things, including the word storm.

    The storm is on its way!

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    Re: Storm - Male or Female?

    I wonder how the boy-girl-boy-girl rule in naming hurricanes affects informal personification. For an unnamed storm, it's quite common to say 'Here she comes; get in the shelter' or 'there's a storm coming; she should hit land early in the morning'. But would you do this for Hurricane Hugo?

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    Re: Storm - Male or Female?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Nature, when personified, tended to be a "her" traditionally. Named storms, like hurricanes were always given female names. Now, they alternate boy-girl-boy-girl.
    Hi Dave,

    I believe that giving a masculine or a feminine name to a Hurricane depends whether it hits land on the Atlantic Ocean or in the Pacific.

    Waiting for confirmation (and exceptions), though

    Greetings,

    Charliedeut

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    Re: Storm - Male or Female?

    No, they simply alternate. There is a rotating list of hurricane names. When there is a particularly devastating storm, the name is retired and a new name starting with the same letter replaces it.

    History of Naming Hurricanes

    This year (and again in six years, unless one of them is retired), the names will be Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, Whitney
    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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    Re: Storm - Male or Female?

    What is the Difference Between a Hurricane and a Typhoon - Hurricane Center

    Hurricanes are in the western hemisphere. Typhoons in the east. I don't know how or if they name typhoons.

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