Unformatted text preview: Grammatical Gender
Gender of nouns
In French, all nouns have a grammatical gender, that is, they are masculine or feminine for the purposes of
Most nouns that express entities with gender (people and animals) use both a feminine form and a masculine
form, for example, the two words for "actor" in French are acteur (m) and actrice (f).
The nouns that express entities without gender (e.g., objects and abstract concepts) have only one form. This
form can be masculine or feminine. For example, la voiture (the car) can only be feminine; le stylo (the pen)
can only be masculine.
There are some nouns that express entities with gender for which there is only one form, which is used
regardless of the actual gender of the entity, for example, the word for person; personne; is always feminine,
even if the person is male, and the word for teacher; professeur; is always masculine even if the teacher is
With all that being said, there are three nouns in French where gender is altered when put in the plural form:
amour (un bel amour => des belles amours orgue délice ...
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