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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:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Exception Words

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

sheep

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

neptune

 

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

heir

  • Question 1

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

shepherd

sheep

CORRECT ANSWER
shepherdess
EDDIE SAYS
A shepherd or a shepherdess is a person who looks after herds of sheep.
  • Question 2

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

host

CORRECT ANSWER
hostess
EDDIE SAYS
An air hostess would do their job by looking after people on an aeroplane. Although recently males and females working on an aeroplane would both be called a flight attendant.
  • Question 3

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

waiter

CORRECT ANSWER
waitress
EDDIE SAYS
Did you spot the spelling rule here? We drop the 'e' from waiter and then we add the suffix '-ess'.
  • Question 4

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

actor

CORRECT ANSWER
actress
EDDIE SAYS
The spelling rule is the same here! We drop the 'o' from actor before we add the suffix '-ess'.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Here we just add the suffix '-ess'.
  • Question 7

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

giant

CORRECT ANSWER
giantess
EDDIE SAYS
'I looked up at the giantess feeling completely terrified!'
  • 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

neptune

 

CORRECT ANSWER
goddess
EDDIE SAYS
Neptune is a sea god. Can you think of another example of a god or goddess?
  • Question 10

Write the feminine version of the following masculine noun.

 

heir

CORRECT ANSWER
heiress
EDDIE SAYS
Here we simply add the suffix '-ess'.
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