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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

Curriculum topic:   English

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

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

shepherd

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

host

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

waiter

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

actor

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

prince

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

baron

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

giant

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

poet

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

(You will need to double the 'd' first!)

 

god

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

heir

  • Question 1

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

shepherd

CORRECT ANSWER
shepherdess
  • Question 2

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

host

CORRECT ANSWER
hostess
  • Question 3

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

waiter

CORRECT ANSWER
waitress
  • Question 4

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

actor

CORRECT ANSWER
actress
  • Question 5

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

prince

CORRECT ANSWER
princess
EDDIE SAYS
The word \'prince\' already ends in \'e\', so you only need to add \'ss\'.
  • Question 6

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

baron

CORRECT ANSWER
baroness
  • Question 7

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

giant

CORRECT ANSWER
giantess
  • Question 8

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

poet

CORRECT ANSWER
poetess
EDDIE SAYS
Females who write poetry are often referred to simply as a \'poet\' these days, so the word \'poetess\' is becoming rare.
  • Question 9

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

(You will need to double the 'd' first!)

 

god

CORRECT ANSWER
goddess
  • Question 10

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

heir

CORRECT ANSWER
heiress
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