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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceTrivia · 9 months ago

If -ess is for females, what is the male form?

female ex. Countess

What is the suffix you put for males?

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    There is no male suffix in English

    The unofficial one in Esperanto is -iĉo , its official female one is -ino

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    8 months ago

    In English the usual thing is for the male form to be the base form, with a few exceptions, e.g. cat, tom-cat; cow, bull

    An exception is "widow" - male form "widower".

    In some languages some forms are "neuter", thus in German "das Maedchen" (young girl) is neuter. And things have grammatical gender.

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  • 8 months ago

    The male form is simply "Count". The female suffix "ess" is added to this to make it feminine i.e. "Countess".

    There are many other examples that others have mentioned. There is no need for a male suffix when the base word is automatically assumed to mean male.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Are you being deliberately obtuse?

    A male is a count. a female is a countess.

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  • 9 months ago

    The female is a Countess; the male is a Count. A female is a Princess; a male is a Prince. A female is a Duchess; a male is a Duke. There are no comparable suffixes for men--we have waitresses and waiters, and actresses and actors, and Mistresses and Misters. The feminine form gets the suffix, 'ess.'

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  • Lôn
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    Count...countess.

    Lion....lioness.

    Manager....manageress.

    Actor......actress.

    Easy really.

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      9 months agoReport

      Why the thumb-down?....it's correct!

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  • Brian
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    In your example of Countess, it would just be Count.

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  • 9 months ago

    Sometimes it is nothing.  Sometimes it is "er" or "or"

    Count - Countess

    Actor - Actress

    Aviator - Aviatrix

    Prince - Princess

    Conductor - Conductress

    Governor - Governess

    Heir - Heiress

    Host - Hostess

    Priest - Priestess

    Steward - Stewardess

    Waiter - Waitress

     

    • Lôn
      Lv 7
      8 months agoReport

      Good answer.

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  • 9 months ago

    I don’t think there is one. I think the word count is for male and countess for female. So I think the -ess is just added for females.

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  • 9 months ago

    Usually none -- count is the male form of the title

    duke -- duchess

    Mister Mistress

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