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Masculine and feminine are adjectives, while male and female are usually nouns. And that's all.
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Posted Jan 17, 2012 20:00 UTC (Tue) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
Male and female are primarily adjectives. I believe it is a recent invention to use them as nouns; we used to say "man" and "woman" where we say "male" and "female" now. I even heard once that calling a man a male is special to American English.
I never heard a distinction between gender and sex before now, but I like it. There are two things to discuss and two words; it makes sense to use one for each. The history and common usage also matter of course; I don't know much about that.
There is a world of difference between masculine and male. I've never heard of a masculine connector or a feminine hamster.
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