What Is the Masculine Gender? (with Examples)

What Is the Masculine Gender? (with Examples)

Masculine gender is one of three genders in English grammar. The three genders for nouns and pronouns are: Here are the associated singular pronouns:

GenderPronounPossessive Adjective
(a type of pronoun)
Absolute Possessive Pronoun
masculine pronounshe
Example: He is warm.
his
Example: Those are his tools.
his
Example: Those are his.
feminine pronounsshe
Example: She is warm.
her
Example: Those are her shoes.
hers
Example: These are hers.
neuter pronounsit
Example: It is warm.
its
Example: Those are its toys.
its
Example: These are its. (rare)

Unless its meaning makes it obviously male (e.g., boy, king, boar) or female (e.g., princess, hen, mare), a noun in English is neuter by default.

(Note: Large machines, such as ships and trains, which - by default - are neuter, are sometimes affectionally called she. An animal is referred to as it, or he or she when the sex is known.)

Interactive example:

She / He / Them / Drake / Wizard / Goat / QE2 [show me the masculine ones]

See Also

What is gender? What are nouns? What are pronouns? What is the feminine gender? What is the neuter gender? What are possessive adjective? What are absolute possessive pronouns? Glossary of grammatical terms