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Identifying whether a noun is masculine or feminine

Is there any general rule of knowing whether a noun is feminine or masculine in French ?

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Base language: English
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    There isn't a specific rule. You just need to practice.
    But in general nouns ending in:
    -age
    -ment
    -il, -ail, -eil, -ueil
    -é (but not -té)
    -eau and -ou
    -ème, -ège
    -i, -at, -et and -ot
    -er
    -oir
    -isme
    -ing
    -ard
    and words ending in other consonants (in the spelling)
    --> refer to masculine nouns

    And nouns ending in:
    -tion, -sion and -son
    -ure
    -ude, -ade
    -ée
    -té
    -ière
    Consonant followed by -ie
    -euse
    -ance, -ence
    Most other endings consisting of Vowel + Consonant + e: -ine, -ise, -alle, -elle, -esse, -ette etc.
    --> refer to feminine nouns

    I wouldn't advice you to learn that by heart. But by practicing French very often you will naturally be able to identify whether a noun is masculine or feminine.

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