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When should I use a feminine or masculine noun in a sentence?

I am not sure about whether I should use feminine or masculine noun in a sentence. Does it depends on the subjects like ele, ela, eu, você?
- (ele) tem um printor. Is 'um printo' used because ele is a masculine pronoun?
- (ela) tem uma printora. Is this sentence correct?

If someone says "tem uma gata". Can I infer that the person, who has the cat, is a woman?
On the other hand, "tem um gato" Can I infer that the person, who has the cat, is a man?

For eu, você, tu, what kinds of noun should we use?
(eu) tenho uma gata. (does it mean you can infer the writer is a woman)
(eu) tenho um gato. ( ________ the writer is a man)

Please check for me.
Muito obrigada!!! ^_^

For learning: Portuguese
Base language: English
Category: Language

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    Actually, the feminine or masculine refers to the object of the sentence, not to the subject.

    "I have a cat" > The subject is "I", the object is "cat".

    In portuguese, if the cat is a male animal I should use "gato", if it's a female I should use "gata".

    In your examples, the noun changes to fit the sex of the object.
    For "eu, você, tu", we don't need to change anything, because the noun change refers to the object, not the speaker on the sentence.

    It's a grammar difference there is not in English, at least not so expressive as in Portuguese.

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