Drivers& car driver correct gendering

This is how easy it is to correctly gender the words ‘driver’ and ‘woman driver.

You can use ‘car driver’ and ‘car woman’ z. B. Gendering with double-entendre, slash or gendergap. We recommend the use of a gender neutral alternative.

  • singular: car driving person; car guiding person; person at the wheel
  • plural: motorists

Gender styles

  • car driving person
  • Car leading person
  • Person at the wheel
  • Motorist
  • A male or female driver
  • male/female driver
  • male and female drivers
  • Car drivers

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Correct genderning is easy with just a few simple basic rules.

1. Recommended: neutral wording

We recommend that you always use neutral wording if possible. This way you can gender according to the spelling rules and without compromising the readability of your text.

  • singular: person driving a car; person driving a car; person driving a car
  • plural: autofahrende

In addition, neutral formulations are more inclusive, since not only women and men, but also non-binary persons are addressed.

2. Double naming

When both the masculine and feminine forms of a word are written out in full, this is also called a double or paired form.

  • a driver of a car

This is a grammatically correct form of gendering. However, texts with a lot of double entries quickly become very long and difficult to read. Therefore, it is advisable to use neutral phrases or a shortened form of the gender with special characters instead.

3. Gendering with the simple omission sample

To find out whether a word can be abbreviated with a slash, asterisk, underline, binary I, or colon, you do the omission sample.

Cover the part of the word after the gender marker. Is the word before the sign complete, sensible and grammatically correct? Only then can the words be contracted during gendering.

  • ‘the student’ is correct, but it
  • ‘the students’ is wrong, because here the ending ‘en’ of ‘students’ would be lost.
  • An employee → is correct: ‘an employee’
  • The customer → is wrong: ‘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
  • the employee’ is wrong, because the word ’employee’ would be used here.

In addition to the slash, other genealogical spellings with asterisks, underscores, or colons are also common. The principle remains the same: you simply put the corresponding character instead of the slash.

  • An eMployee
  • An*employee
  • an_employee
  • An:e employee:in
  • An employee


Only the abbreviated gendering with slash and hyphen is covered by the official spelling rules.

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