Hello reader! Welcome. In this article, we are going to discuss everything related to the concept of Gender Pronouns. This is one of the concepts that is gaining a lot of importance in the recent past, thanks to the gender-neutral pronoun concept. Before proceeding, let us first see what a Gender pronoun is.
We all know that a Pronoun is a word that we use instead of a noun. For example, the pronoun indicates a subject which maybe I, we, You, He, She, It, and they or an object which may be my, our, us, his, hers, and them. Gender is the sex of the subject that’s being talked about. A gender pronoun is a pronoun that indicates particular sex.
In the English language, the masculine gender has the pronoun his, the feminine gender her, the neutral genders they/their/ze, zir, hir, etc. Sometimes the person decides what pronoun they choose for themselves.
Some examples of Gender Pronouns are as follows
- Martina drove her car to the airport.
- the team members went to their respective places.
- Christine ate hir lunch at 1 PM. (Some people do not wish to be associated with any gender and those people wish to be associated with a gender-free pronoun).
- My name was at the top of the list.
- What are your items among these?
In English, while talking about pronouns, it is important to use the correct gender pronoun because gender is one of the things which people take seriously. Nowadays, due to the increasing awareness of the LGBTQ community and rights, it is absolutely essential to be gender-sensitive and be sensitive and respectful of the other’s gender. That is the reason for the additional number of pronouns other than he/him/his, she/her/hers and they/them/theirs. If you’re not really sure of the other person’s gender, it is important to politely ask so that the person might not feel disrespected.
Gender Pronouns of the Personal Pronouns
In the English language, there are seven personal pronouns. They are I, We, You, He, She, It, and They. These seven denote the three persons of pronouns. I and We constitute the first person, ‘You’ is the second person and he, she, it, and they are in the third person. Among these, only the third person constitutes gender pronouns. They are the following:
|Feminine Singular||She, her, Hers, Herself|
|Masculine Singular||He, Him, his, Himself|
|Third-person neutral singular||It, Its, Itself|
|Third-person neutral plural||They, Them, Their, Theirs, Themselves|
Some More Examples of Gender Pronouns
- John and Claire told us that they are coming over for dinner. (Pronoun gender – neutral)
- I love Barack Obama. He is my favorite leader. (Pronoun gender – masculine)
- The dog is wagging its tail. (Pronoun gender – neutral)
- The prime minister is doing everything at her disposal to make this happen. (Pronoun gender – feminine)
- Greed is a dangerous thing and no one should be consumed by it. (Pronoun gender – neutral)
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