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beascarpetta

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Hi out there.

Glad to be back and quite desperate to know how you native speakers out there would address the issue of a female ghost as my students offered me a wide range of suggestions
such as
a) a ghost lady
b) a ghost girl
c) a she-ghost

Or would you rather go for ?
He met another ghost called Camilla.

Thanks again.
 

Anglika

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"He met a ghost called Camilla." ["another" implies more than one ghost called Camilla]
 

Neillythere

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Though not a teacher, my preference would be your initial suggestion of a "female ghost" or a "ghost of a female/lady/girl".

Building on Anglika's suggestion, might I suggest: "He met a ghost, called Camilla". This avoids the presumption of at least 2 Camilla ghosts.

Rgds
 

stuartnz

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I'm not a professional teacher, but in the context of a story about ghosts, I would be comfortable with "she-ghost". It follows the pattern of she-devil. I have to stress that this is an aesthetic judgment on the merits of the term in the context of a fantasy story. If I were trying to be gender neutral or writing about the ghost in a matter-of-fact style, as if she were a real female person, then I would simply say, "a female ghost" or "a ghost. Her name was Camilla."
 
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