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    noun-pronoun

    I know that instead of the noun ship we use a pronoun "she" and not "it".


    1. Am I right?
    2. Why it is so?
    3. Are there any other such kind of nouns?

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    Re: noun-pronoun

    Quote Originally Posted by gayanah View Post
    I know that instead of the noun ship we use a pronoun "she" and not "it".


    1. Am I right?
    2. Why it is so?
    3. Are there any other such kind of nouns?
    If you're not sure of something, you can say "I think..." or "I've heard...", or "I'm pretty sure". But to state "I know..." and then ask if you're right, doesn't make sense. In this case it's correct, so you do know it.

    1. Yes, a ship is sometimes referred to as she.
    2. I don't know why.
    3. Countries are sometimes called she.

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    Smile Re: noun-pronoun

    [I'm not a teacher.]

    Hi! Here' my two cents.

    (1). "She" can refer to ship. Here's an excerpt from the Internet source about the reason.

    A ship is called a "she" because.....

    1. There is always a great deal of bustle around her
    2. there is usually a gang of men about
    3. She has a waist and stays
    4. It takes a lot of paint to keep her good looking
    5. She shows her topsides and hides her bottom
    6. She can be all decked out
    7. It takes an experienced man to handle her correctly
    8. And without a man at the helm, she is absolutely un- controllable.
    myLot - why is a ship called 'she'

    (2). 'She' can refer to a country.

    Here's my assumption. A country you were born in is your homeland or motherland, so she can refer to a country.

    (3). 'She' can refer to a vehicle. (According the definition of Cambridge Dictionary)

    eg. Look at my new car - isn't she beautiful?

    4. you might be interested in knowing that in English 'sister' but not 'brother' can refer to the same group.

    eg.1 our sister company in Australia
    eg.2 the US battleship Missouri and her sister ship, the Wisconsin

    (examples sentences from Cambridge Dictionary)

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    Re: noun-pronoun

    Hello thedaffodils
    Thank you for your explanation.

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    Smile Re: noun-pronoun

    Quote Originally Posted by gayanah View Post
    Hello thedaffodils
    Thank you for your explanation.
    You're welcome. I forgot to mention that the reasons about why 'she' can refer to 'ship' is NOT from a reliable source but just assumptions.


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    Re: noun-pronoun

    Start with this:
    Why are boats and ships always referred to as "she"?

    and click on the various blue highlighted area to take you to sites giving you the various theories about why ships are referred to as 'she'.


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    Re: noun-pronoun

    Quote Originally Posted by gayanah View Post
    I know that instead of the noun ship we use the pronoun "she" and not "it".


    1. Am I right? Yes - though "it" is perfectly acceptable.
    2. Why it is so? Anciently ships were regarded as feminine. It is a very old tradition and found in many countries.
    3. Are there any other such kind of nouns? Not really, though you may find people talking of their cars as "she"
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