French masculine gender
le couteau trachant
un frère heureux
tous les étudiants
How to know whether a noun is masculine
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 (un stylo).
But there are a few tendencies that can help you recognise some feminine words:
- Most nouns that refer to male people and animals are masculine (e.g. homme, père, étudiant, cousin).
- Most nouns that end a consonant are masculine (un port, un train, le jus), as are the majority of nouns that end in -acle, -age, -asme, -eau, -ède, -ège, -ème, -isme, or -ou.
Note: Masculine is the default gender in agreement when referring to a group of mixed gender people or things.