- 1The gender of those nouns in English that are not limited to either sex, such as cousin or spouse.More example sentences
- Now, many occupations are treated as having common gender, representing both males and females.
- This fourth approach appears to be the one most likely to succeed, both because it sticks with nouns and pronouns of common gender, so-called because they are gender-inclusive rather than gender-distinctive, and also because Common and Vulgar English have long used the plural pronouns in these positions.
- Historically, if a language possesses a gender system and distinguishes between "he" and "she," then one or the other will also tend to be the common gender for when both genders are involved.
- 3In some languages, such as modern Danish, the gender of those nouns derived from the earlier masculine and feminine genders that do not belong to the neuter gender.More example sentences
- The Romance languages have lost the Classical Latin neuter gender, while Dutch, Danish and Swedish have merged masculine and feminine to form the common gender.
- Masculine and feminine gender have all been combined together to form the common gender.