David, most living things above the level of bacteria and amoebae have gender, including plants.
Do you refer to a gingko tree as "she" or "he"? Do you even know how to tell.
I have always thought of plants as being neuter gender, like rocks, tho now that u mention it,
I remember about cross-pollenation. I am sure that most of us
think of plants as being neuter gender; that may be factual error.
When a mosquito bites you, do you complain that "she" bit you?
Do you check the underside of every dog you pass on the street?
No; I follow the general rule of grammar that he is assumed to be male,
except in the presence of contrary evidence. If u were told that
an individual citizen got the last seat on a plane, u 'd not speak
of that citizen as being "IT"
but rather as being "he" or "him";
that is not limited to humans, but the same reasoning applies to ALL
Or do you just do what most people are likely to do and talk about "it"
unless gender makes a difference, like itf it tried to hump you?
Certainly not! I know for SURE
that a dog cannot be neuter gender
(not even if he has been neutered; he still remains male);
therefore, I refer to him as "he" unless informed that the dog is a bitch.
Gender is much less of a linguistic necessity in English for mammals other than humans.
I see no logic in that.
And of course there are languages like Chinese where nouns
are in general genderless, and people seem to function quite well anyway.
I will concern myself with that, when I speak Chinese (which is never).
Do you refer to a mouse by its gender? A hamster? An elephant?
Of course; again, he is assumed to be male until contrary evidence disproves that.