Geschlecht - Regarding the gender of German words.

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How do I build subordinative clauses relating to genderless nouns?

In German there are few nouns that have no article and thus seemingly no gender: Examples Google Nahost Nord Allerheiligen In the example "Nord" we could overcome this by using "der ...
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Did the gender of “Müll” change with its meaning?

Still in the 19. Century for "Müll" we have both, a neuter and a masculine gender whereas its gender today is masculine. Interestingly it also seems to have had a different meaning than today (trash, ...
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Why do you say “in diesem Sinne” if “Sinne” is a feminine noun?

The LEO page for "Sinne" shows that the noun Sinne is a feminine noun, yet is used in the phrase "in diesem Sinne". Shouldn't that be "in dieser Sinne"?
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What gender has a “Virus”?

In German there is some confusion on the gender of "Virus" where both masculine and neuter are used: Das Influenzavirus ändert jährlich seine Oberflächenstruktur. Ich habe mir den Virus im ...
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Do all nouns from verbs nominalized by the suffix “-ung” have a female gender?

By suffixing verbs with "-ung" we can build nouns, e.g.: prüfen - Prüfung meinen - Meinung richten - Richtung All those nouns seem to have a female gender. Is that always true or do we have ...
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Could a “Kerl” be female?

Some translations for "Kerl" are "fellow", "bloke", "guy", "chap" and "dude". Most of them are (somewhat) gender-neutral. What about "Kerl"?
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Koppel's gender in “In der Eckerkoppel”

In Hamburg there is a street called Eckerkoppel. According to dict.leo.org, Koppel is a neuter noun. So if a German writes "Sein Haus ist in der Eckerkoppel", is the street name treated as a ...
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English analog to “Stelzbock” or why so few sexual cusses for men?

german female version of Stelzbock someone told me would be Flittchen - Hussy (eng). Is there an appropriate translation? Imo, Macho and Gigolo doesn't match , to less animal-like and more a ...
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In welchem Fall kann »Ring« mit sächlichem Artikel verwendet werden?

Bei einer Internetrecherche traf ich auf die Wiedergabe von Wagners Opus Magnum als »Das Ring des Niebelungen« (Rechtschreibung unkorrigiert übernommen). Warum heißt es nicht »Der Ring«?
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Welches Genus hat ein zitiertes Wort?

Wie kann man das Genus von einem Wort oder Zitat wissen? Wie kann ich zum Beispiel herausfinden, welche Artikel ich in folgenden Texten für die Zitierten Wörter verwenden muss: „Das wage ich nicht ...
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Was bedeutet „Nachten“ in „Weihnachten“?

Ich habe mich gefragt, warum „das Weihnachten“ sächlich ist. Es kommt wahrscheinlich vom Wort „das Nachten“, aber das Wort kann ich in keinem Wörterbuch finden. Ich kann nur die Herkunft von „die ...
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Ist „Mensch“ geschlechtsneutral?

Kann das Subjekt im folgenden Beispiel eine Frau sein? Der moderne Mensch ist anders. Er hat wenig Zeit. Wenn nicht, was wäre ein besseres Wort?
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das Gehalt vs. der Gehalt

In the sense "salary; wage; stipend", the word Gehalt can be either masculine or neuter. dict.cc writes this as das/[österr. auch] der Gehalt What is the difference between the word in these ...
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Why do we have two equally used terms for “toe”?

There are two translations for toe that both are equally used. Both are pronounced almost the same but they have a different gender: der Zeh, m die Zehe, f What is the origin of this ...