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Yes, certain nouns can be used with two or even all three genders; der/die/das Joghurt, der/das Teller, die/das Email usw. Linguistically, they are not particularly interesting. Much more interesting are words that change their meaning, depending on the article used ... der Tor (fool) vs. das Tor (gate); der Band (volume) vs. das Band (ribbon) vs. ...


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Is there a distinction between using the different genders in such cases? It depends. In case of Jogurt, there's no difference at all. It's the same thing. Dictionaries provide a single entry with all three genders. Wiktionary even adds some hints: In Deutschland ist der männliche Artikel am gebräuchlichsten; der sächliche ist eher selten. In der ...


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There is no way to tell for sure ... some few nouns as "See" do change meaning, but that would be mentioned in the dictionary anyway. You could do a research for regional accents, but if you can, go out and ask people directly. It's a mothertongue thing, and as far as I know, there is no standard rule to find out which one is Hochdeutsch. However, duden.de ...


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Der / die See have different meanings. Most nouns don't. The genders of those words varies regionally. It would be strange if you would mix usages of different regions. Examples: der oder das Spital die oder das Cola der oder das Laptop der oder das Keks der oder das Prospekt der oder das Fakt der oder das Comic der oder das Gummi der oder das Puff der ...


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"Anerkenntnis" is another case of two genders and usages. There seems to be no rule of thumb for distinctive meanings attributed to any gender here.


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On this site there's a quote by Zuse himself: "Das Gerät wurde zum größten Teil aus Altmaterial gebaut; die [...] Wicklungen der Relais waren deshalb uneinheitlich. Ich musste verschiedene Spannungen benutzen, um die Relais einigermaßen gut zusammenschalten zu können, was viel überflüssige Arbeit verursachte. Dennoch war die Z3 verhältnismäßig ...


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It’s die Zuse-Z2-Rechenmaschine oder der Zuse-Z2-Rechner.


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Wikipedia verwendet die weibliche Form, weil es Rechenmaschinen waren; siehe https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuse_Z1


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We say "eine Zuse", "die Z3" (or any other number) or "die Zuse Z3". So, in every imaginable combination the Zuses are female. See, for example, the German Wikipedia articles: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuse_Z2 http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zuse_Z3 and so on



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