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What is masculine gender?

 

Definition
 

Masculine gender is a grammatical gender that

 
  • marks nouns having human or animal male referents, and
  • often marks nouns having referents that do not have distinctions of sex.
Examples (Spanish)
 
  • el hombre ‘the man’
  • el gallino ‘the rooster’
  • el libro ‘the book’
Generic
  Masculine gender is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 93

 

Mish 1991 730


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