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D00M
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 5:45:48 AM

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Hello respected teacher,
It's mostly a female.

Is the above grammatical?

I am looking forward to your answers.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 11:07:50 AM
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As we don't know what "it" is, or what it's properties are, nor why you are saying it (i.e. in what context); it's difficult to say. But, in any case, I should get rid of "a" before the word "female".

Bear in mind that's without any information about the sentence and what it is referring to.
D00M
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 12:13:02 PM

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Thanks Romany.
One is guessing at the gender of the poet.

I am looking forward to your answers.
thar
Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2017 5:23:50 PM

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If something is mostly female, it could have the head and body of a woman but one leg is male. That are mostly female. That isn't what you mean, I think.

If you are guessing the gender, you are saying they are most likely to be female, or are most likely female.


Also, with people, avoid 'it'. That is for inanimate objects and sometimes animals. If you don't know the gender, you can use 'they' for a singular person.
Very useful - it can keep suspense in a way most other European languages can't, since the pronouns state the gender.
D00M
Posted: Friday, December 08, 2017 3:17:16 AM

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Thank your, thar, you taught me something new.

I am looking forward to your answers.
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