Gender

In English, some nouns are automatically thought of as masculine: king, man, actor
and others as feminine: queen, woman, actress
and everything else is referred to as “it”: pencil, desk, table

In Greek, all nouns are assigned a gender. Some of them, like the words for man and woman, go into the natural classification. However, unlike English, nouns that we would think of as “it” are arbitrarily classified into one of these three categories. Here are some examples.

Masculine:

man,

tailor,

circle
Feminine:

mother,

queen,

roof
Neuter:

pencil,

minute,

girl

As you’ll notice, there are some surprises, too -- would you have guessed that the word for girl is neuter? The question then becomes how you determine a noun’s gender.

Grammar Index Determining Gender >>