Questions tagged [feminine]

"Feminine" is the term used to denote the gender of nouns, and adjectives, conventionally regarded as female.

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How to address a woman in a letter?

When writing a letter or an e-mail to a man I know the (sur-)name of ("Smith"), I would write: Dear Mr. Smith, What should I use when addressing a woman? Is it (like for married women): Dear ...
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Feminine pronouns for countries

Context: Just days after the fall of Paris, General Charles de Gaulle, In one of the most important speeches in French history, told his fellow countrymen: 'Believe me...nothing is lost for France....
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Why does Richard Stallman refer to random strangers with feminine pronouns?

For those of you who don't know Richard Stallman, he's the founder of the Free Software Foundation and the father of the Free Software movement in general. I read a lot of his writings, as well as ...
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Is there a general rule how to create feminine words?

Is there a general rule how to create feminine words? For example feminine from waiter is waitress, from actor – actress, etc. So, generally the ending -ess means the feminine form. But I’ve never ...