New Junior English Revised – Further activities on Gender in Nouns Some feminine nouns There are some categories of nouns that are considered feminine in English. Things that contain people, such as ships, vehicles, countries, etc., have traditionally been considered feminine and referred to by the pronouns she, her and hers. The proud driver of a fast car might say, ‘She can go from zero to a hundred and fifty in twenty seconds!’ Interestingly, if a ship has a name that is male, it is nonetheless referred to with the pronouns she, her, and hers. Thus, for example, ‘The Coast Guard acquired a new vessel, The Marcus Garvey. She was launched last month.’ The convention is dying out in places. Gender in nouns 1 Which of the following is feminine according to the description above? HMS Queen Mary Admiral Rodney Square Antigua A Ferrari motor car The West Indies Cricket Team A Spitfire aeroplane The Kingstown Choral Group CARICOM St Mary Academy School Bus Grenada Gender in nouns 2 Change the masculine nouns in the following passage into the feminine form and make any other necessary changes. The manager of the farm in Botswana was an Englishman. He inherited it from the family patriarch, his uncle, Lord Highhat. His brother and nephews helped him take care of the bulls, boars, stallions and roosters kept in pens. Near where a boar was guarding piglets, a stallion stood protectively by a colt. Suddenly the rams looked up as a gaggle of gobbling ganders came round the barn. A tiger was plunging through the forest with a lion at his heels!