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2answers
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What's the correct gender for pets?

In English, the biological sex of a pet attaches to the pronoun used to refer to it. So I might say: What a beautiful cat! What's her name? In French, does the gender attach to the sex of the ...
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2answers
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Is it normal to say “chatte”? Are there any animals where you would always use the masculine version?

Someone who is not fluent pointed out to me that it is common to say "le chat" even for female cats, and that "la chatte" is considered vulgar, given that it is used to refer things besides cats. I ...
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3answers
170 views

How would you refer to someone outside the gender binary in french?

If you were referring to a person who identified as gender neutral (did not identify their gender as either male or female), how would you refer to them in French, since it is a heavily gendered ...
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What is the feminine of doctor (médecin)?

What is the feminine of doctor (médecin)? I can't understand if there is feminine form for almost all professions. Can you explain me please?
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2answers
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How to conceal narrator's gender? — Comment garder secret le genre du narrateur ?

Occasionally in English texts I have strayed across stories in which for whatever reason the author does not wish the gender of the narrator to be immediately apparent. In English giving away the ...
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1answer
67 views

« Ce témoin, appelé Marine, raconte » ou « Ce témoin, appelée Marine, raconte » ?

Comment accorde-t-on un adjectif se référant à un nom commun masculin, si ce nom commun représente une femme ? A priori, j'aurais tendance à accorder l'adjectif avec le genre du sujet désigné, en ...
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5answers
653 views

Féminin du mot « mage »

Quand je fais des recherches sur le mot « mage » (désignant un utilisateur de magie), toutes les documentations désignent que ce mot est exclusivement masculin. Si j'utilise ce mot pour désigner un ...
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4answers
2k views

Given the lack of a gender-neutral pronoun in French, how should one refer to somebody of unknown gender?

Is there a specific rule on how you should refer to someone of unknown gender in French? For example, if you were writing a guide on how to do something and you wanted to indicate that the reader ...
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6answers
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What is the feminine for “amour”?

I can see how a man would be called "mon amour." The term I might use for a woman would be "amoureuse." But even the Stevie Wonder song refers to "Ma Chérie Amour." On the other hand, the feminine ...
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Peut-on dire « une auteure »?

Manifestement, ni le TLF ni l'Académie n'acceptent le terme, et Google n'est pas particulièrement enthousiaste non plus. Cependant, il semblerait que l'usage d'une auteure soit commun au Québec et ...