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Rock100:
> I question the decision to include English. English has no grammatical gender
Hm… Some foreigners still use vixen/dog-fox and lioness/lion instead of parent 1 and parent 2. There are also mama (by the way there is exactly one language in the world in which mama is male and means father), papa, uncle and aunt. Some foreign schools also still teach the ship is she.
And, for example, the vixen sounds very male for me even that I know the meaning. The ess is the adopted suffix as it is so there are no problems with it.

Daniel:
Those words differ by natural gender (mother, father, etc.), but are not examples of grammatical gender (e.g. as shown via agreement) like in many other (European and other) languages. There is no grammar to test in English with those words, just lexical choices.
(The closest we get to grammatical gender would be the pronouns 'he' vs. 'she' and how they might need to match other words in a sentence, like 'his' or 'himself'.)

Rock100:
> Those words differ by natural gender (mother, father, etc.), but are
> not examples of grammatical gender (e.g. as shown via agreement)
> like in many other (European and other) languages. There is no grammar
> to test in English with those words, just lexical choices.
Hm… So, it shall be possible to say “he is such a bitch” in English, shall not it?

Daniel:
Yes. There's no grammatical gender in English.

Rock100:
> Yes. There's no grammatical gender in English.
This is a ballerina. SHE drinks vodka. This is HER bottle. And this is a stewardess. SHE attends this flight. This is HER bomb. These are the examples of how the grammatical gender affects the nearby words and sentences and this is what the grammatical gender does by definition. This is probably the exactly one display of the grammatical gender in Modern English but it does exist. If you have a sect of the English Grammatical Gender Witnesses on the forum, please, enlist me there.

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