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Hey Friends,

Would you please tell me how we have to ask this question?

We see a baby and we want to ask his/her mother Is it boy or girl?

Thanks
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"Is it a boy or a girl" is fine. This is one of the very rare circumstances in which it it perfectly fine to refer to another person as an "it". Savor it. ;D
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Wouldn't it also be correct to ask; What is the gender? I know that it is somewhat off the topic, but to avoid the use of it as a referent to persons.. though you are absolutely right about the use whatsoever

Regards Jay
you might ask: Is your baby a girl orboy?

any opinion ?
I think you could... ^^
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X11Wouldn't it also be correct to ask; What is the gender? I know that it is somewhat off the topic, but to avoid the use of it as a referent to persons.. though you are absolutely right about the use whatsoever

Regards Jay

I would only use "gender" in grammatical contexts. It has an air of euphemism elsewhere.

(I prefer sex.)

MrP
MrPedantic,

Sorry I didn't get you. You want just to say (Gender?) you don't want make a sentence?
Sorry, Masoud, I wasn't clear.

"Is it a boy or a girl?" is fine, as others have said.

I wouldn't recommend "What is its gender?", as "gender" properly refers only to grammatical matters.

You could say "What sex is it?"; but it might seem as if you were referring to an animal.

MrP
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omigosh your baby is cute what is its name
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