Gender – genre
Let's Define It!
What's a *gender*?
The French language is gendered into the masculine and the feminine. This means that French nouns will espouse either one of these genders (or both in rare cases).
In the past, it used to be that the gender given to a noun had some basis in the sex or animateness of that noun. However, most modern-era nouns tend to have arbitrary genders, reason why French nouns need to be studied alongside their genders.
Let's Pronounce It!
What does it sound like in French?
Let's Have an Example or Two!
Can a little reinforcement do the trick?
Find below a few French nouns assigned a masculine or feminine gender or both:
un parc park (masculine gender)
une décision decision (feminine gender)
une fille girl/daughter (feminine gender)
un oncle (masculine gender)
un(e) enfant (masculine/feminine gender)