English Grammar


Are animals it or she or he?

In my today's lesson I got a sentence to explain the difference between to strike, struck, struck, and to stroke:




I stroked the cat and she started to purr.


Is the cat grammatical neuter or female in English?

4 comments

  • Thanks for bringing lucky moments in my second Advent Sunday evening. You barked up the wrong tree: In the past I had many cats who (which) lived in and around the house, my sister and I integrated them in our role-plays, they all were very patient. Now there remained only two strayed cats KARLHEINZ AND FREDERIC, they come regularly several times a day and they get in a huff when I'm abroad.
    You see: I like cats and they like me.
    But I like English grammar too.


    CW
  • In my today's lesson I got a sentence to explain the difference between to strike, struck, struck, and to stroke:




    I stroked the cat and she started to purr.


    Is the cat grammatical neuter or female in English?
  • Funny, funny. And a lot of respectability.
    Karlheinz for sure is emulating his fellow-composer Stockhausen when He is yowling.
    Frederic on the contrary must be huffy for not being rigged out with a K for He thinks He is a Prince of Freiburg im Brisgau and dreams of a princess named Gwendo.
    Meowing at you during your many Advent Sundays.
  • Hullo Gwendo!
    The cat started to purr because it enjoyed to be taken as a human person. Considered as good-for-nothing an animal is grammatically neutral. But held in high esteem so as to be called as a human being, it turns grammatically sexualized, since rigged out with a male or female gender.


    For my part all animals are "it-animals" because I don't cultivate any worship for animals. But some people do. I know a young girl who has got a cat. She speaks about it as "he" because her cat is a big male tomcat.
    Most people who have pets consider them as persons whose sex is with relevance pointed out in their name, sometimes a human name. So it goes with some other animals than pets, like horses for instance. Do some snakes enjoy the same human first-rank? It might be for some people breed snakes.


    I know you haven't got a pet, Gwendo. If you had, you wouldn't wonder about the gender.
    Be lucky with or without a pet.

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