Combination of Masculin and Féminin

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Combination of Masculin and Féminin

- Tom et Sophia sont très différents ; l'un est calme et l'autre hyperactif.

- Sophia et Tom sont très différents ; l'un est calme et l'autre hyperactif.

Does it matter the Order in which the Male or Female is used, and hence the usage of l'un or l'une ?? How is this decided? Because l'autre is always gender neutral anyways.

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ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

In general you use the appropriate gender for l'un(e) depending on who it refers to. However, in a mixed group, the male form is used regardless of who comes first. Of course, if you want to stress the gender, you are always free to match it. L'autre is always gender-neutral, however.

Combination of Masculin and Féminin

- Tom et Sophia sont très différents ; l'un est calme et l'autre hyperactif.

- Sophia et Tom sont très différents ; l'un est calme et l'autre hyperactif.

Does it matter the Order in which the Male or Female is used, and hence the usage of l'un or l'une ?? How is this decided? Because l'autre is always gender neutral anyways.

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