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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:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Exception Words

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
mother
brother
aunt
son
sister
uncle
daughter

Match the masculine and feminine words for different professions.

Column A

Column B

landlord
headmistress
headmaster
actress
shepherd
landlady
actor
shepherdess

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

Column A

Column B

king
duchess
duke
queen
baron
baroness
lord
lady

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

Column A

Column B

gander
goose
bull
duck
fox
vixen
drake
cow

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
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? Did you notice that five of these family names end in '-er'.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Apart from the word 'landlady' the other feminine words end with the suffix '-ess'.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Half of these feminine words end with the suffix '-ess'.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? The masculine and feminine version of these animals are quite different.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
'She didn't get married and liked to live on her own, so they called her a 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
EDDIE SAYS
'The nun lives with her fellow nuns in the convent.'
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
The female word for 'master' is '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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