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Hi,

I'm so confused about these...Emotion: tongue tied putit / he / she or something else in parenteses...

  1. "Kooyeen? Is ( ... ) a male?"
  2. "Kooyeen? Is ( ... ) a female?"
  3. "Kooyeen? Is ( ... ) a male or a female?"
  4. "Kooyeen? ( ... ) is a male!"
  5. "Kooyeen? ( ... ) is a female!"
  6. "Kooyeen? I don't know if ( ... ) is a male or a female."
  7. "Kooyeen? ( ... ) is not a male."


  8. I'd like to get an answer that takes account of common American English, not prescriptive grammar rules that apply (maybe) only to very formal contexts.

    Thank you in advance Emotion: smile
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Thank you very much!

So it is not used for people (but it's used for babies, ok). But the he/she question is still not clear... Could you consider these sentences again please?

  1. Kooyeen? Is ( ... ) a male/ guy/ your brother? ---- what about using he here? Or is it more common to use Kooyen / that / that person?
  2. Kooyeen? Is ( ... ) a female/ girl/ your sister? ---- what about using she here? Or is it more common to use Kooyen / that / that person?
  3. Who's that over there? ( ... ) is my sister. --- that, it, or she? any of them?


  4. Thanks Emotion: smile
1 and 2 are really the same question so I'll deal with them together.

If you are trying to find out whether K is male or female then you can't use he or she as you don't know. that is what you are asking. It would be very rude. So we use something like Is K male? Is K female? Male and female are quite formal words though. You would normally say something like guy/boy/a man or girl/a woman?

If you know K is female you could ask 'Is she your sister?' If you know K is male you could ask 'Is K your brother'. If you don't know whether K is male or female but want to know if he/she is a relative of the person you are talking to you could say 'Is K a relation of yours'. Then they might reply 'yes he is my brother', or 'no, she isn't' and you would also find out K's sex.

3. Who's that over there? She is my sister. That is my sister. He is my brother. That is my brother. All ok.
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Thank you very much Nona, that was a good explanation.

Good job! [y]