I am writting to you from Portugal.
I studied for several years English in scholl and college.
IÂ´ve always learned that nouns in English are mostly considered as having no gender, except on cases where there is a diference, such as "boy-girl", "widow-widower", "actor-actress".
Recently someone who has studied English Linguistics told me that certains nouns in English can be considered "masculine" and "feminine". She gave me the example of "car", which she says itÂ´s masculine and "boat" that she says itÂ´s feminine.
So, is this true or rather people are using cultural ideas and gender bias to talk about things that are sexless?
IÂ´ve also heard that in poetic use certains words are seen as have a specific gender such as "bird", which is seen as feminine.
I would like to know your opinion on this subject.
Thank you very much.