Geschlecht - Regarding the gender of German words.

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How do Germans react to foreigners messing up noun genders? [closed]

My boyfriend is German and we're going in a few months where I will meet his family for the first time. I am OK at German, but something I really have a hard time with is remembering noun genders, ...
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Worauf bezieht sich “es” in “es bleibt noch viel zu…”?

Warum finde ich das Wort "Lippen" mit dem Pronomen "es"? Ist Lippen hier nicht feminin und Plural? Der Kontext ist das Gedicht "Es bleibt noch" von Rose Ausländer. Dort heißt es in der letzten ...
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Why is Mozzarella masculine?

Mozzarella has a typical feminine Italian/Latin ending (-a). So is there a specific reason, why it is masculine in the German language? If so, could you please tell me?
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Are there some mnemonic rules to use correct articles by gender?

I speak Russian. It is quite easy in Russian to determine the gender of the word. The word termination is: o, e = it vowel = she consonant = he Of course there are some exception as in any ...
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A Few Questions about Deutsch [closed]

I have a few questions about German or Deutsch. What is the difference between "Bin Ich" and "Ich bin". It's really been bugging me and I couldn't find anything about it. I also looked at the ...
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“Bring noch eine/einen Stern mit”

Stern ist männlich: "der Stern", aber Zeitschrift ist weiblich: "die Zeitschrift". Wenn ich meine Freundin frage die Zeitschrift "Stern" mit zu bringen, was soll ich denn fragen: Bring noch eine ...
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Gender of foreign words and loan words [duplicate]

Note: I am not talking about new words which don't have an article yet. I am interested in talking about foreign terms and concepts in German. My examples are all in French, but could be in Italian or ...
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Gender of the subject in a sentence starting with “und”

If I have a main sentence like this: Den Fehler zu ignorieren and I want to connect another one with "und" in that way: und xx zu löschen Which pronoun fits best at the position of xx? Es ...
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Demonstrative pronoun: does it have to match the subject? [closed]

I'm a little confused about German grammar, the demonstratives to be specific (this, that, these, those). Does the demonstrative pronoun have to match the subject being described? Example: Would ...
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Welches Geschlecht hat “Quest”?

In Rollenspielen gibt es oft das Wort Quest, allerdings jedes mal mit einem anderen Geschlecht. Ich habe in verschiedenen Video- und Rollenspielen wirklich jede Möglichkeit gesehen: Die Quest Der ...
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Subtleties of the Translations of “Cute”

Taking a quick look at the Leo search results for cute, you'll find that there are a little over a dozen entries. I'm primarily asking about the application of the word towards people, but the cases ...
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Der Level vs. das Level

Wiktionary entry about the word "Level" gives 2 possible genders for that noun, but without explaining, is there any difference between them. Google search also hasn't given me any reasonable answer*. ...
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Gender of country names without articles

There are some country names with article, like der Iran, die Schweiz, die Niederlande. But what is the gender of the country names without articles? For example, what pronoun to use in the ...
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Why is it “der Bikini”? Shouldn't the noun be feminine?

I can understand that some German nouns (e.g. Mädchen) might just always have been whatever gender the noun is, and the explaintion is lost to the mists of time. But Bikinis were invented in the ...
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Der Nacht oder die Nacht?

Rammstein sings "Sie kommen zu euch in der Nacht" in "Mein herz brennt" song, but to my knowledge "Nacht" is of female gender and it's supposed to be "die Nacht". So what am I missing? And also ...
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“Sehr geehrte oder geehrter” for companies or institutes

Normally we use sehr geehrte/geehrter for addressing the persons according to gender. How can we address a company/department/institute in a professional email?
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Warum ist „Geschmack“ männlich, selbst wenn das mit „Ge-“ anfängt?

Mit Ge- anfangende Wörter sein sächlich. So wurde mir mal gesagt. Weil sie ein Kollektiv bedeuten würden. Zum Beispiel sind sächlich Gelände (←Land) Gewässer (←Wasser) usw. Warum sind denn ...
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Genus von Vereinen

Wenn der Grundname eines eingetragenen Vereins nicht männlich ist (sagen wir: "Dingenskirchengruppe e.V."), wie heißt es dann in formellem Deutsch (ggf. sogar Juristen-, Beamtendeutsch) richtig? ...
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Subsets of words inheriting genders from an (implicit) set

I̶'̶m̶ ̶s̶o̶m̶e̶h̶o̶w̶ ̶a̶s̶h̶a̶m̶e̶d̶ ̶o̶f̶ ̶t̶h̶i̶s̶ ̶q̶u̶e̶s̶t̶i̶o̶n̶.̶ ̶I̶ ̶h̶a̶v̶e̶n̶'̶t̶ ̶e̶r̶a̶s̶e̶d̶ ̶i̶t̶,̶ ̶b̶e̶c̶a̶u̶s̶e̶ ̶i̶t̶ ̶g̶o̶t̶ ̶a̶t̶t̶e̶n̶t̶i̶o̶n̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶a̶n̶s̶w̶e̶r̶(̶s̶)̶.̶ ...
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Highscore, die (Feminin)

Eigentlich wollte ich nur nachschlagen, was zum Wort "Highscore" im Duden steht, doch dann wurde ich überrascht. Dort steht als erstes Ergebnis in der Suche: Highscore, die Im Artikel sehe ich ...
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Der, die oder das Email?

Is there an official rule on whether it's die Email or das Email? I've heard people use both, although more commonly the female form.
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Which grammatical gender would I use for a masculine noun with reference to a woman?

Given that "Schatz" is a masculine word, I would use masculine modifiers with it, such as "der". But suppose I were using "Schatz" to refer to a woman I was dating. Would I then refer to "mein ...
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Resolving grammatical gender with natural gender – what happens to the pronouns? [duplicate]

What happens to the pronoun for a male of a grammatically female word (e.g. die Schildkröte)? For example: “That is a (male) turtle. He is slow.” Which of these would be used? Das ist eine ...
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Do Latin loanwords conserve their gender?

When I asked my teacher for the gender of Mensa, she replied that it is feminine, because the Latin word mensa is feminine. When it comes to words that share the same spelling in both German and ...
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Warum heißt es die Unicef?

Kann mir jemand bitte erklären, warum es die Unicef heißt? Auf Englisch heißt die Organisation "United Nations Children's Fund" (~ der Fonds), und auf Deutsch heißt sie "Das Kinderhilfswerk der ...
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Gender for specific universities

To say I am studying at a university: Ich studiere an einer Universität. I am studying at the University of Heidelberg: Ich studiere an der Universität Heidelberg. I am studying at the TU ...
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Adjective endings in accusative case and in comparison (neu/new)

This page suggests that neu/neuer is new/newer. This page suggests that "ein neuer Wagen" (a new car) is an identification of gender. Is it true that neuer can stand for both - and thus the only way ...
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Do adjectives have gender?

I'm trying to get my head around gender in German, for example: Ist Ihr Freund Deutscher? So this is German for "Is your friend German?", referring to a male friend. Now if I wanted to say this for ...
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How do Germans associate neologisms and borrowed nouns with a gender/linguistic feature when this is not clear from the language of origin?

New words can enter a language: they can be created out of the evolution of the society or they can be borrowed from other languages. Some examples (not so new!) that come to my mind are e-mail, to ...
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der, die oder das Dock (quick launch bar)?

Nach meinem Sprachgefühl heißt die Schnellstartleiste das Dock, so wie auch das http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/Dock aus der Schifffahrt. Auch der Wikipedia-Artikel gibt mir recht ...
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Warum heißt es “Ruderin”, nicht “Rudererin”?

Aus den Verben rudern und lehren ergeben sich Tätigkeitsbezeichnungen: Ein Mann ist Ruderer oder Lehrer. Eine Frau ist Ruderin oder Lehrerin. Naiv erwarte ich, dass die weibliche Form Rudererin ...
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How is the gender of new words established?

When words are borrowed into German, how is it decided what gender that word should be? I can think of examples with all three genders: der Latte, die Jeans, das Internet. Are there ever ...
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Welches Geschlecht hat “Zamperl”?

Für Nichtbayern, mit Zamperl bezeichnet man kleine Hunde. Es ist mir nur nicht gelungen herauszufinden, ob es "das Zamperl" oder "der Zamperl" heißt.
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What is the gender distribution of nouns in the German language?

I want a rough estimate of the percentage of nouns that belongs to each gender category
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Is it true that 'Putzfrau' is used for males as well?

A friend of mine, who's spent some time in Germany, told me today that in German, the noun Putzfrau is often used for male cleaners as well. This goes beyond all logic, since I found the word Putzmann ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...