Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

can someone help me about gender specific in Quebec french?

I was wondering if there were any rules or tricks I may be able to use to determine weather or not something is masculine or feminine? Anyone know? Any help would be great. Thank You

2 Answers

  • Jesse
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago
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    Here are the usual suffixes indicating gender of French nouns when the noun has a form in each gender (masculine and feminine, listed respectively):

    * -an/-ane

    * -at/-ate

    * -eau/-elle

    * -el/-elle

    * -en/-enne

    * -er/-ère

    * -et/-ette

    * -eur/-euse

    * -f/-ve

    * -in/-ine

    * -on/-onne

    * -ot/-ote

    * -s, -x/-se

    * -teur/-trice

    Here are suffixes that almost always indicate a masculine noun:

    * -acle (un réceptacle, un spectacle)

    * -age (un dressage, un massage, un ménage, un recyclage)

    And here are suffixes that usually indicate the noun is feminine:

    * -ade (une limonade, une promenade)

    * -ance/-ence (la connaissance, une séance, la présidence, une référence)

    * -ée (l'árrivée, une fusée, la journée, la soirée)

    * -ette (une allumette, une navette, les toilettes)

    Source(s): Linguistics student
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Some professions have a gender-specific ending in Quebec not necessarily used in other francophone areas. Like the word docteur (for doctor), most francophones say

    'le docteur' whether if it's a male or female doctor in QC however, it's not uncommon

    to hear terms such as 'le docteur' for a male doctor, and 'la docteur' for a female one.

    Source(s): <- Native french speaker who attended Universite du Quebec a Trois Rivieres
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