Latin uses different forms of a word to designate gender (male/female) and number (singular/plural).
- alumnus - a (male) graduate
- alumna - a female graduate
- alumni - male graduates or male and female graduates
- alumnae - female graduates (last syllable rhymes with see or sigh
- alum - slang for alumnus. Spoken by people who say frat. Do not use this term.
Therefore, incorrect usages of the word include:
- "I am an alumni" (correct: "I am an alumnus")
- "George is an alumni" (correct: "George is an alumnus")
- "Jim is an alumna." (correct: "Jim is an alumnus")
- "Tanya is an alumnus." (correct: "Tanya is an alumna" is better)
Examples of correct usage include:
- "We are alumni."
- "Henry Poor is an alumnus of Amherst."
- "Felicia and Tanya are alumnae."
- "Tanya and Jim are alumni."