French feminine gender
la chaise haute
une sœur heureuse
toutes les étudiantes
How to know whether a word is feminine
There's no absolute rule for knowing a noun's gender - you simply have to learn the noun along with an indicator of its gender, such as the indefinite article (une table).
But there are a few tendencies that can help you recognise some feminine words:
- Most nouns that refer to female people and animals are feminine (e.g. femme, mère, étudiante, cousine).
- About 75% of nouns that end in -e are feminine (e.g. table, fille, cuisine, Angleterre), as are nearly all words that end in -sion, -son, -té, -tié, or -tion.