What Is the Neuter Gender? (with Examples)
What Is the Neuter Gender? (with Examples)Neuter gender is one of three genders in English grammar. The three genders for nouns and pronouns are: singular pronouns are:
(a type of pronoun)
|Absolute Possessive Pronoun|
Example: He is cold.
Example: These are his boots.
Example: These are his.
Example: She is cold.
Example: These are her earrings.
Example: These are hers.
Example: It is cold.
Example: These are its toys.
Example: These are its. (rare)
Unless the 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.
Large machines (e.g., ships, trains, cranes) are neuter by default. However, sometimes they are affectionally given a feminine gender (i.e., called she).
By default, an animal is referred to as it. However, if the sex is known, it will be called he or she.