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Nouns follow 4 main categories on the basis of gender:

Masculine: The male gender. For example, horse, boy, author, actor.

Feminine: The female gender. For example, mare, girl, authoress, actress.

Common: Either male or female. For example, parent, sibling, teacher, cousin.

Neuter: Neither male nor female. For example, book, pen, tree, house.


1. Masculine gender is applied to personifications of strength and violence such as summer, death, and winter.

2. Things implying gentleness, beauty and frailty such as moon, spring, peace, take on the feminine gender.

3. Collective nouns, young children, and lower animals take on the neuter gender.


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