Which one of these two structures is correct? Or can they be used interchangeably?

"Someone of the opposite gender"

"Someone from the opposite gender"

What I try to mean by these phrases is, "Someone who is a member of the opposite sex".

Let me make up some example sentences to provide a better picture in your mind:

  • "He is always nervous when he is around someone of/from the opposite gender."

  • "He thinks he can't be friends with someone of/from the opposite gender."

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I've only ever encountered "Someone of the opposite gender" so that's what I would use. I think "Someone from the opposite gender" is perfectly understandable and seems like the same meaning, but I have never heard a native speaker say it exactly that way.

  • Thank you. I just noticed that in dictionaries, there are definitions for "the opposite sex", but not for "the opposite gender". I wonder if I made a mistake by saying "gender" instead of "sex" in the OP. Commented Jun 30, 2020 at 5:47

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