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Avoid the embarrassment of making mistakes with her/his

X Mr Karparov visited the surgery with her daughter.

✓ Mr Karparov visited the surgery with his daughter.

It’s important to use the correct gender when writing. While it may seem simple, a lot of students make this mistake.

Unlike speaking and writing in other languages, like French and German, English does not use grammatical gender (where all nouns are assigned gender). Instead, English employs natural gender that tends to apply masculine and feminine gender.

What’s the most common mistake?

Sometimes the mistake is using the incorrect gender of the patient’s relative such as the example above. Sometimes it’s the incorrect gender for the patient themselves:

Mrs Chu underwent a hysterectomy 10 days ago. His post-operative recovery has been unremarkable.

You should check each gender pronoun (her/he) is correct throughout your letter during the Writing subtest.

It is a very noticeable mistake and can be easily picked up in proofreading. Not checking your work can lead to confusion for the reader.

If you would like to know more about gender or another aspect of English, take a look at our Preparation Portal today.