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Feminine and Masculine Nouns Part 2: The use of semantics to determine the gender of a noun

One of the main differences between English and French is that the French language has genders.

In French, there are masculine nouns and feminine nouns. Sometimes nouns are either feminine or masculine and sometimes masculine nouns have their feminine form. To find the feminine of a noun, you generally add “e” at the end of the masculine noun. But this rule doesn’t apply to a lot of nouns.

In this lesson, we will show how the meaning of certain nouns can help the French learner decide whether a noun is masculine or feminine.

Masculine nouns


Names of trees, days, months, seasons, metals, chemical elements, and languages are usually masculine.

Examples:

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