Geschlecht - Regarding the gender of German words.

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How can I better learn noun genders?

One of the things that I really liked about German, as I was studying it in college, was the very orderly grammar, which actually helped me to understand my native English better. As a non-native ...
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Wonach richtet sich das Geschlecht eines Anglizismus?

Wenn ich das Geschlecht eines Anglizismus bestimmen muss, orientiere ich mich an drei Gegebenheiten: Hat das Wort ein echtes Geschlecht (the mare, die Stute)? Welches Geschlecht hat die Übersetzung ...
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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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How do Germans refer to people without caring about the gender

In German, a noun always has its own gender. However, there is a case I don't know. Suppose that there is a class with many students, both males and females, and then when I want to refer to all ...
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“zum Zahnarzt” or “zur Zahnärztin” for female dentist?

I'm going to see the dentist today. If the dentist is female, should I say (a) Ich gehe heute zur Zahnärztin. or (b) Ich gehe heute zum Zahnarzt. I think (a) should be the correct ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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What gender are the letters?

I want to say that the stress on the word "Banane" falls on the second 'a'. What's the gender of 'a'? Die/Der/Das zweite "a" wird im Wort "Banane" betont. Which one is correct?
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Geschlecht neuer zählbarer und unzählbarer Substantive

Ich habe gerade über Geschlechter von Substantiven nachgedacht. Im Standarddeutschen ist Butter weiblich, aber soweit ich weiß, kommen landschaftlich alle drei Geschlechter vor. Weniger überraschend ...
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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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Use of gender-specific nouns like Kater and Hündin in ordinary conversation

German has gender-specific variants for some animal nouns (e.g., Kater and Hündin), and speakers can use them to specify or emphasize the sex of a particular animal. These can be useful in ...
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Müssen auch Muttersprachler die Artikel der Nomen lernen?

Das ist eine auf einem Missverständnis basierende, kurze Frage. Man hört viel zu oft, Deutschlerner müssen die Genera jedes Nomens lernen. Das ist unbestritten. Ich frage mich aber nun, ob ...
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Gender-neutral singular third-person pronoun

I'm writing a German locale for a project/game I'm developing, and some messages require a gender-neutral pronoun to refer to a person. For example, one of the messages is: They were a detective. ...
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Words with multiple genders listed in dictionary

The Reverso dictionary lists Joghurt as either masculine or neuter. Duden lists it as masculine, feminine, or neuter. Generally, is there a distinction between using the different genders in such ...
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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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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 ...