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D00M
Posted: Thursday, December 7, 2017 5:45:48 AM

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Hello respected teacher,
It's mostly a female.

Is the above grammatical?

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
Romany
Posted: Thursday, December 7, 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 7, 2017 12:13:02 PM

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

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
thar
Posted: Thursday, December 7, 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 8, 2017 3:17:16 AM

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Thank your, thar, you taught me something new.

The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
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