Dear forum members, I would like to know if nouns in english have a gender. I have heard different answer to this question, and am still a little confused. I am writting an article in which it is a lot about "households" and "individuals". I have seen a lot of articles that treat individual as a feminine noun, as in the sentence below: "The individual decides what she believes is best" I would be tempted to say he here, or maybe it; but she does always sounds strange, is it right? The same for household, I have read a couple of articles using the neutral to define it: "The question whether a household invest in its social network is..." I would be tempted to write 'his' instead if its, but I suppose that it is a french bias. Where can I find information on the gender of nouns (wordreference and my dictionary do not have)? Or can some one help me with these two particular cases? Thanks a lot !