Noun Gender

The Non Sacred Gender Rule

I. Expect all nouns to be masculine unless they end in mute e.
II.Except for the following endings which are masculine to a large degree
(despite ending in mute e ) and the following, which are feminine to a large degree
(despite not ending in mute e )

I call this the non sacred rule because it has so many exceptions. While you can't rely on this rule to determine noun gender on the fly, it can serve as a good starting point for approaching and learning the gender of nouns. In the following pages, french nouns are organized by the rule along with exceptions. There are quizzes throughout. I suggest you alternate between reviewing the tables and taking the quiz until you can guess the gender of all the nouns.

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