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soundarya k
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 10:22:08 AM

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Think ACTOR - ACTRESS. is it correct? does actress is the feminine gender of the word actor or it doesn't have any feminine gender. if it so, correct the sentences: 1. My favourite actoress is Katrina Kaif. 2. There are many actors working in that film.
AndEng
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 10:38:41 AM

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soundarya k wrote:
Think ACTOR - ACTRESS. is it correct? does actress is the feminine gender of the word actor or it doesn't have any feminine gender. if it so, correct the sentences: 1. My favourite actoress is Katrina Kaif. 2. There are many actors working in that film.



Hi soundarya_k,

yes actress is the female of the word actor.

My favourite actress is Meryl Streep, instead. (I think actoress is only a typo)
Empty Seas
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 10:44:51 AM

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Actress is, indeed, the feminine form of Actor; it is used less and less, these days, as gender equality attempts to stamp out the use of gender stereotypes. This is also true of Comedian/Comedienne, Aviator/Aviatrix, etc.
Romany
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 11:45:04 AM
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Yes, "in the business" (i.e. Theatre) haven't heard anyone referred to as an "actress" in a couple of decades. Some media still uses the word in print in relation to movie actors, but it's been "ACTOR" for both genders at least since I was at Drama School. (Which was quite a long, long, time ago!)

I wouldn't advise using it in this day and age. As Empty Sea says, we have moved away from gendered language now.
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Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 1:54:39 PM

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Saad Shams Nebula
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 2:23:00 PM

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True gender differentiation is going less in English...I dont know if it is a sign of equality as gender differences are impossible to remove in some languages due to their syntactic structure, let alone the semantic reference of each word used ... :)
KarVac
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 2:45:17 PM
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Actor is used globally to address both Male and female professionals in acting career
IrvinaWA
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 7:20:44 PM

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I agree actor could be either gender and it does make one wonder why there is such a word as actress. Does anyone know how or why that come about?
Tovarish
Posted: Monday, November 10, 2014 7:49:20 PM
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Political correctness making us all of neuter-gender, feminist that I am think it is just too far.

soundarya k
Posted: Tuesday, November 11, 2014 10:59:54 AM

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Thank you very much for your answers.
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