Here’s how easy it is to properly gender the words ‘distress of the man’ and ‘distress of the woman’.
You can say "need for a man" and "need for a woman". B. gendering with a double mention. We recommend the use of gender-neutral alternative.
Singular: Emergency situation; distress; shortage of persons; shortage of personnel Unfortunately, we are not aware of a gender-neutral alternative in the plural. Choose a different gender style.
- lack of persons
- Lack of personnel
No alternative known
- a need of the man or a need of the woman
- Need for the man/need for the woman
For this term, it is not possible to apply the gender style you selected in the singular because the omission test is not met.
For this term, it is not possible to use the gender style you selected in the plural, because the omission test is not met.
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Correct gendering works quite simply with only a few simple basic rules.
1. Recommended: Neutral wording
We recommend to always use neutral phrases if possible. This way you can gender according to spelling rules and accessibility without compromising the readability of your text.
- Singular: Emergency situation; distress; shortage of persons; shortage of personnel
In addition, neutral formulations are more inclusive, since not only women and men, but also nonbinary persons are addressed.
2. Double naming
When both the masculine and feminine forms of a word are spelled out in full, this is also known as a double or paired form.
- a need for a man or a need for a woman
This is a grammatically correct form of gendering. However, texts with many double entries quickly become very long and difficult to read. Therefore, it is advisable to use neutral formulations or an abbreviated form of gendering with special characters instead.
3. Gendering with the simple omission sample
To find out if a word can be abbreviated with slash, asterisk, underscore, indented I, or colon, you do the Omission sample.
Cover the part of the word after the gender sign. If the word before the character complete, useful and grammatically correct? Only then can the words be contracted during gendering.
- ‘The student’ is correct, but
- the students’ is wrong, because the ending ‘en’ of ‘students’ would be lost here.
- ein/-e Mitarbeiter/-in → is correct: ‘a member of staff’
- der/die Kund/-in → is wrong: ‘the customer or the customer’ – ‘customer’ is not a word
Also check if the word makes sense when you read the part before and after the gender sign together:
- The employee’ is correct, but
- ‘des/der Mitarbeiter/-in’ is wrong, as here the word ‘Mitarbeitersin’ would result.
In addition to the slash, other common forms of gendering include asterisks, underscores, and colons. The principle remains the same: You simply put the appropriate sign instead of the slash.
- an employee
- a:e employee:in
- an employee
Only the abbreviated gendering with slash and hyphen is covered by the official spelling.