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Change the Gender of Words 2

In this worksheet, students investigate different ways of making masculine nouns into feminine ones.

'Change the Gender of Words 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar: Subject, Object, Gender & Diminutives

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many nouns have both a masculine (male) and a feminine (female) version.

For example:

prince and princess

 

The feminine noun is often formed by adding the suffix ess to the masculine noun, but there are many other nouns where the masculine and feminine versions are completely different words.

For example:

husband and wife

Match the masculine and feminine words for different members of the family.

Column A

Column B

father
sister
brother
aunt
son
daughter
uncle
mother

Match the masculine and feminine words for different professions.

Column A

Column B

landlord
landlady
headmaster
shepherdess
shepherd
actress
actor
headmistress

Match the masculine and feminine words for different royal and titled people.

Column A

Column B

king
lady
duke
baroness
baron
duchess
lord
queen

Match the masculine and feminine words for different members of the animal kingdom.

Column A

Column B

gander
duck
bull
goose
fox
cow
drake
vixen

Choose the correct feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

bachelor

 

(You may need to use a dictionary if you do not know the answer.)

bacheloress

spinster

widow

Choose the correct feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

monk

 

(You may need to use a dictionary if you do not know the answer.)

nun

monkess

bishopess

Choose the correct feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

master

 

(You may need to use a dictionary if you do not know the answer.)

masteress

mistress

lady

Decide whether the following noun is masculine, feminine or neutral. (A neutral noun doesn't tell us if the person or animal it is referring to is male or female.)

 

scientist

masculine

feminine

neutral

Decide whether the following noun is masculine, feminine or neutral. (A neutral noun doesn't tell us if the person or animal it is referring to is male or female.)

 

nurse

masculine

feminine

neutral

Decide whether the following noun is masculine, feminine or neutral. (A neutral noun doesn't tell us if the person or animal it is referring to is male or female.)

 

headteacher

masculine

feminine

neutral

  • Question 1

Match the masculine and feminine words for different members of the family.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

father
mother
brother
sister
son
daughter
uncle
aunt
  • Question 2

Match the masculine and feminine words for different professions.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

landlord
landlady
headmaster
headmistress
shepherd
shepherdess
actor
actress
  • Question 3

Match the masculine and feminine words for different royal and titled people.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

king
queen
duke
duchess
baron
baroness
lord
lady
  • Question 4

Match the masculine and feminine words for different members of the animal kingdom.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

gander
goose
bull
cow
fox
vixen
drake
duck
  • Question 5

Choose the correct feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

bachelor

 

(You may need to use a dictionary if you do not know the answer.)

CORRECT ANSWER
spinster
  • Question 6

Choose the correct feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

monk

 

(You may need to use a dictionary if you do not know the answer.)

CORRECT ANSWER
nun
  • Question 7

Choose the correct feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

master

 

(You may need to use a dictionary if you do not know the answer.)

CORRECT ANSWER
mistress
  • Question 8

Decide whether the following noun is masculine, feminine or neutral. (A neutral noun doesn't tell us if the person or animal it is referring to is male or female.)

 

scientist

CORRECT ANSWER
neutral
EDDIE SAYS
The word \'scientist\' is used for both men and women.
  • Question 9

Decide whether the following noun is masculine, feminine or neutral. (A neutral noun doesn't tell us if the person or animal it is referring to is male or female.)

 

nurse

CORRECT ANSWER
neutral
EDDIE SAYS
There are male nurses as well as female nurses.
  • Question 10

Decide whether the following noun is masculine, feminine or neutral. (A neutral noun doesn't tell us if the person or animal it is referring to is male or female.)

 

headteacher

CORRECT ANSWER
neutral
EDDIE SAYS
A headteacher can be a man or a woman. The word \'headteacher\' is often used these days instead of \'headmaster\' or \'headmistress\'.
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