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    feminine and masculine

    I'm searching for words that are feminine or masculine

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    Re: feminine and masculine

    English nouns don't have grammtical masculine or feminine forms. However, some nouns have different forms according to gender:
    waiter (male) waitress (female)
    lion lioness
    tiger tigress


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    Re: feminine and masculine

    good evening everybody,can u plz give me some tips bby which i cn speak eng fluenly in one month..........


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    i want to speak fluent eng in one month.....

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    That is not a realistic time frame- learning a language to a high degree takes a lot longer than that. Most people require years to get to become fluent in a language, though it depends very much on time- how many hours a day do you have to study?

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    Re: feminine and masculine

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    English nouns don't have grammtical masculine or feminine forms. However, some nouns have different forms according to gender:
    waiter (male) waitress (female)
    lion lioness
    tiger tigress
    1. Most female words in English are stand alone and not derivations (man - woman) as in other languages. However, the -er ending as in teacher is male in origin.

    2. AFAIK Richard some female forms sound disparaging: managress
    Maybe this distinction is disappearing: flight attendant instead of steward/stewardess

    3. Another area would be the adjective blonde (an e at the end) if the person described is female. Some adjectives are reserved for either sex:
    beautiful and pretty: although a beautiful/pretty boy might be possible. Male adjectives are handsome and good-looking.

    4. Some nouns refer to only female gender: stocking, tights...

    5. Some jobs are only female: nurse... A man might be called a male nurse

    6. Of course natural sex is self-explanatory: daughter, mother, niece and those words associated with women: pregnant, give birth, have/deliver a baby...Specific female health issues

    7. Titles: Ms /Mrs
    Last edited by Dr. Jamshid Ibrahim; 29-Jan-2007 at 12:30.

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    Re: feminine and masculine

    I still remember studying the list in 'The New First Aid in English' beginning with 'abbot/abbess' !!!

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