If -ess is for females, what is the male form?
female ex. Countess
What is the suffix you put for males?
- ZirpLv 78 months ago
There is no male suffix in English
The unofficial one in Esperanto is -iĉo , its official female one is -ino
- John PLv 78 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.
- 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.
- Anonymous8 months ago
Are you being deliberately obtuse?
A male is a count. a female is a countess.
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- 8 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.'
- LônLv 79 months ago
- BrianLv 79 months ago
In your example of Countess, it would just be Count.
- MamawidsomLv 79 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
- 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.
- L. E. GantLv 79 months ago
Usually none -- count is the male form of the title
duke -- duchess