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Change the Gender of Words 1

In this worksheet, students practise adding the suffix 'ess' to change masculine words into feminine ones.

'Change the Gender of Words 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 4 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   English

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

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Worksheet Overview

Many nouns tell you the gender of the person or animal they are referring to, which means whether it is male or female.


We use the term masculine when we are referring to male words and feminine for female words.


Often the suffix ess is added to a masculine word to create its feminine version.

For example : lion + ess = lioness


If the masculine word ends in er or or, the 'e' or 'o' is usually dropped before adding the suffix ess.

tiger + ess = tigress

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