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As to your question concerning Elektron, people who use this word have either heard it at school or have read "das Elektron". By the way, Latin words ending in -um are all neuter, das Museum. The Greek ending -on is related to Latin -um and Greek words in -on are also neuter. A lot of endings indicate the gender. The Duden Grammar has a whole chapter on ...


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Well, Germans tend to try to keep the original gender of a loan word (if known and if possible). Virus is Latin (meaning poison), and of neutral gender! This is why people who try to remember their (especially humanistic) education will always try to keep it as a neutral gender: das Virus, and this is especially true in medicine, because in this field, ...


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Also, do German speakers struggle with technical or specific nouns? Like I am sure the average German couldn't tell what is the gender of an electron or a intake-valve or something. Imagine that your native language had only one vowel. Would you be puzzled about how English-speakers can remember that "electron" is spelled "electron", and not "alactran" ...


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There are some rules of thumb, but of course they have exceptions. If it ends in -heit, -keit or -ie, it's probably female: die Biologie, die Chemie, die Gemütlichkeit, die Sturheit If it ends in -e, it's probably female: die Blume, die Vase, die Torte; but der Käse, der Hase, der Junge if it ends in -ung, it's probably female: die Umleitung, die Lesung, ...


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How are kids taught this? I'm guessing it is just repetition and memorization but any other exercises? Kids pick it up through osmosis, just like everybody learns their mother tongue, no additional exercises required. They just hear people talk, repeat and imitate what they said, perhaps get corrected once in a while, and that's that. Also, I wanted ...


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Im Allgemeinen ist eine derart besondere Betonung der sprachlichen Gleichbehandlung von Frauen und Männern nicht erforderlich. Die objektiv strengsten Anforderungen an die sprachliche Gleichbehandlung von Frauen und Männern gelten sicherlich bei der sprachlichen Gestaltung von Gesetzen und Rechtsverordnungen. Und selbst in dem vom deutschen ...



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