Questions tagged [natural-gender]

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Do animals have "gender"?

Studying animals in biology can we use gender instead of sex? Even native English authors use gender in articles in case of animals. Is it correct? Examples: Gender-Based Differences in Rats after ...
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Using singular "they" for an animal

As I know, animals can be called "he" or "she" (not only "it"). Also, if a person's gender is unknown, we may use "they" instead of "he" or "she&...
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Using "he" or "she" for an animal not a person?

Is it possible to use the personal pronoun subject he or she for a nonhuman animal according to their sex? One of my friends said that there is a possibility of using it for animals. My concern is ...
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Proper usage of trans-theory terms [closed]

A question on Philosophy.SE required transgenderism to be defined in order to determine whether the notion conflicted with traditionally defined feminism. In my answer, I quoted an online ...
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Why is it common in English to address animals as "it"?

Why is it common in English to address animals as "it"? It's not an inanimate or abstract object, they have a gender and they're alive. A chair, idea, tree, rock, etc are an "it", but why does ...
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What does "Mrs" mean when used with a man's name?

As far as I know, the abbreviation "Mrs" is applicable only to women. Though, when translating an article from an old British paper I found this sentence about marriages: On the 2nd March, at the ...
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Can I Switch from "it" to "he" or "she" when referring to an animal in a story? [closed]

This one is a question I can't seem to find an answer for. I do have a friend, a professional editor, who told me she saw no problem with me switching from "it" to "he" or "she" when referring to an ...
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Using the pronouns "he" and "she" for animals

I've been wondering for some time under which conditions the pronouns he/she can be used when talking about animals. I know that they are used when talking about pets (esp. larger ones) and when you ...
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Use of "it" and "its" for people and animals

Can I use it and its for people? Example: The fear is the essential attribute of a human nature. It figures a crucial role in its survival. where its means human's. Can I use it and its for ...
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"He" / "she" vs. "it" regarding beloved objects

Is that normal to regard a beloved object (an animal, a car, a book) as he/she? If yes, what gender should be used in this case? One comment in this question touched the tendency to humanize things ...
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