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It's not the actual person, place or thing that has gender in German, but the WORD that stands for the actual thing. That's why a “car” can be either "das Auto"das Auto (neut.) or "der Wagen" der Wagen (masc.) or die Karre (fem.).

Always MASCULINE (der/ein):

  • Always MASCULINE (der/ein):

    Days, months, and seasons: Montag, Juli, Sommer
    Montag, Juli, Sommer (Monday, July, summer). The one exception is das Frühjahrdas Frühjahr, another word for der Frühlingder Frühling (spring), springbecause in a compound the rightmost part always determines the gender (das Jahr).

      
  • Points of the compass, map locations and winds: Nordwest(en)
    Nordwest(en) (northwest), Süd(en) Süd(en) (south), der Föhn der Föhn (warm wind out of the Alps), der Sciroccoder Scirocco (sirocco, a hot desert wind).

      
  • Precipitation: Regen, Schnee, Nebel
    Regen, Schnee, Nebel (rain, snow, fog/mist)

      
  • Names of Names of cars and trainscars and trains: der VW, der ICE, der Mercedes.
    der VW, der ICE, der Mercedes (Butbut motorbikes and aircraft are feminine.).

      
  • Words ending in Words ending in -ismus-ismus: Journalismus, Kommunismus, Synchronismus
    Journalismus, Kommunismus, Synchronismus (equal -ism-ism words in English)

      
  • Words ending in Words ending in -ner or -nerler: Rentner, Schaffner, Zentner, Zöllner
    Rentner, Schaffner, Zentner, Zöllner (pensioner, [train] conductor, hundred-weight, customs collector), Siedler (settler). The feminine form adds -in-in (die Rentnerindie Rentnerin).

      
  • The basic "atmospheric" The basic "atmospheric" elementselements that end in -stoff-stoff: der Sauerstoff
    der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoffder Wasserstoff (hydrogen), plus carbon der Kohlenstoff (der Kohlenstoffcarbon). The only other elements (out of 112) that are masculine are der Phosphorder Phosphor and der Schwefelder Schwefel (sulphur). Note: All of the other chemical elements are neuter (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zinkdas Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, usw.).

Always FEMININE (die/eine):

  • Always FEMININE (die/eine)Nouns ending in the following suffixes:

       Nouns ending in the following suffixes: -heit, -keit, -tät, -ung, -schaft --heit, -keit, -tät, -ung, -schaft Examples: die Freiheit, Schnelligkeit, Universität, Zeitung, Freundschaft
    die Freiheit, Schnelligkeit, Universität, Zeitung, Freundschaft (freedom, quickness, university, newspaper, friendship).

      
  • Nouns ending in Nouns ending in -ie-ie: Drogerie, Geographie, Komödie, Industrie, Ironie
    Drogerie, Geographie, Komödie, Industrie, Ironie (often equal to words ending in -y-y in English)

      
  • Names of Names of aircraft, ships and motorbikesaircraft: die Boeing 747, die Titanic, die BMW ships and motorbikes:
    die Boeing 747, die Titanic, die BMW (motorbike only; the car is der BMWder BMW). The diedie comes from die Maschinedie Maschine, which can mean plane, motorbike and engine. - Helpful reminder: Shipsships are often referred to as "she"“she” in English.

      
  • Nouns ending in -ik: die Grammatik, Grafik, Klinik, Musik, Panik, Physik Nouns ending in - But see German Noun Suffixes and Gender for some exceptions!

    Borrowed (foreign) nouns ending in-ik: -ade, -age, -anz, -enz,
    die Grammatik, Grafik, Klinik, Musik, Panik, Physik -ette, except -ine,das Mosaik.

  • Borrowed -ion,(foreign) nouns ending in -tur-ade, -age, -anz, -enz, -ette, -ine, -ion, -tur: Parade, Blamage
    Parade, Blamage (shame), Bilanz, Distanz, Frequenz, Serviette Bilanz, Distanz, Frequenz, Serviette (napkin), Limonade, Nation, Konjunktur Limonade, Nation, Konjunktur (economic trend). Note: Such words often resemble their English equivalent. A rare -ade-ade exception: der Nomadeder Nomade.   

  • Cardinal numbers: eine Eins, eine Drei
    eine Eins, eine Drei (a one, a three)

Always NEUTER (das/ein):

  • Always NEUTERDiminutive nouns ending in (das/ein):

    Nouns ending in -chen or -lein-chen or -lein: Fräulein, Häuschen, Kaninchen, Mädchen
    Fräulein, Häuschen, Kaninchen, Mädchen (unmarried woman, cottage, rabbit, girl/maiden)

      
  • Infinitives used as nouns (gerunds): das Essen used as nouns (gerunds), das Schreibenending in -en:
    das Essen, das Schreiben (eating/food, writing)

      
  • Almost all of the 112 known Almost all of the 112 known chemicalchemical elements (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, Zinn, Zirkonium:
    das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, Zinn, Zirkonium, usw.) - except for six that are masculine: der Kohlenstoff (carbon), der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), der Phosphor and der Schwefelexcept for six that are masculine (sulphursee above). Note: Most of the elements end in -ium-ium, a dasdas ending. Chemical substances ending in -in are also neuter.

      
  • Names of Names of hotels, cafés and theatershotels: Das Ritz, Das Starbuckscafés and Das Hiltontheaters:
    das Ritz, das Starbucks and das Hilton

      
  • Names of Names of colors used as nounscolors used as nouns: das Blau, das Rot
    das Blau, das Rot (blue, red)

      
  • The the lettersletters: das A, das B
    das A, das B, etc.

It's not the actual person, place or thing that has gender in German, but the WORD that stands for the actual thing. That's why a “car” can be either "das Auto" (neut.) or "der Wagen" (masc.).

  • Always MASCULINE (der/ein):

    Days, months, and seasons: Montag, Juli, Sommer (Monday, July, summer). The one exception is das Frühjahr, another word for der Frühling, spring.

     

    Points of the compass, map locations and winds: Nordwest(en) (northwest), Süd(en) (south), der Föhn (warm wind out of the Alps), der Scirocco (sirocco, a hot desert wind).

     

    Precipitation: Regen, Schnee, Nebel (rain, snow, fog/mist)

     

    Names of cars and trains: der VW, der ICE, der Mercedes. (But motorbikes and aircraft are feminine.)

     

    Words ending in -ismus: Journalismus, Kommunismus, Synchronismus (equal -ism words in English)

     

    Words ending in -ner: Rentner, Schaffner, Zentner, Zöllner (pensioner, [train] conductor, hundred-weight, customs collector). The feminine form adds -in (die Rentnerin).

     

    The basic "atmospheric" elements that end in -stoff: der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), plus carbon (der Kohlenstoff). The only other elements (out of 112) that are masculine are der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: All of the other chemical elements are neuter (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, usw.).

  • Always FEMININE (die/eine):

     Nouns ending in the following suffixes: -heit, -keit, -tät, -ung, -schaft - Examples: die Freiheit, Schnelligkeit, Universität, Zeitung, Freundschaft (freedom, quickness, university, newspaper, friendship).

     

    Nouns ending in -ie: Drogerie, Geographie, Komödie, Industrie, Ironie (often equal to words ending in -y in English)

     

    Names of aircraft, ships and motorbikes: die Boeing 747, die Titanic, die BMW (motorbike only; the car is der BMW). The die comes from die Maschine, which can mean plane, motorbike and engine. - Helpful reminder: Ships are often referred to as "she" in English.

     

    Nouns ending in -ik: die Grammatik, Grafik, Klinik, Musik, Panik, Physik - But see German Noun Suffixes and Gender for some exceptions!

    Borrowed (foreign) nouns ending in: -ade, -age, -anz, -enz, -ette, -ine, -ion, -tur: Parade, Blamage (shame), Bilanz, Distanz, Frequenz, Serviette (napkin), Limonade, Nation, Konjunktur (economic trend). Note: Such words often resemble their English equivalent. A rare -ade exception: der Nomade.  Cardinal numbers: eine Eins, eine Drei (a one, a three)

  • Always NEUTER (das/ein):

    Nouns ending in -chen or -lein: Fräulein, Häuschen, Kaninchen, Mädchen (unmarried woman, cottage, rabbit, girl/maiden)

     

    Infinitives used as nouns (gerunds): das Essen, das Schreiben (eating/food, writing)

     

    Almost all of the 112 known chemical elements (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, Zinn, Zirkonium, usw.) - except for six that are masculine: der Kohlenstoff (carbon), der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: Most of the elements end in -ium, a das ending.

     

    Names of hotels, cafés and theaters: Das Ritz, Das Starbucks and Das Hilton

     

    Names of colors used as nouns: das Blau, das Rot (blue, red)

     

    the letters: das A, das B, etc.

It's not the actual person, place or thing that has gender in German, but the WORD that stands for the actual thing. That's why a “car” can be either das Auto (neut.) or der Wagen (masc.) or die Karre (fem.).

Always MASCULINE (der/ein):

  • Days, months, and seasons:
    Montag, Juli, Sommer (Monday, July, summer). The one exception is das Frühjahr, another word for der Frühling (spring), because in a compound the rightmost part always determines the gender (das Jahr).

     
  • Points of the compass, map locations and winds:
    Nordwest(en) (northwest), Süd(en) (south), der Föhn (warm wind out of the Alps), der Scirocco (sirocco, a hot desert wind).

     
  • Precipitation:
    Regen, Schnee, Nebel (rain, snow, fog/mist)

     
  • Names of cars and trains:
    der VW, der ICE, der Mercedes (but motorbikes and aircraft are feminine).

     
  • Words ending in -ismus:
    Journalismus, Kommunismus, Synchronismus (equal -ism words in English)

     
  • Words ending in -ner or -ler:
    Rentner, Schaffner, Zentner, Zöllner (pensioner, [train] conductor, hundred-weight, customs collector), Siedler (settler). The feminine form adds -in (die Rentnerin).

     
  • The basic "atmospheric" elements that end in -stoff:
    der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), plus der Kohlenstoff (carbon). The only other elements (out of 112) that are masculine are der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: All of the other chemical elements are neuter (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, usw.).

Always FEMININE (die/eine):

  • Nouns ending in the following suffixes:  -heit, -keit, -tät, -ung, -schaft:
    die Freiheit, Schnelligkeit, Universität, Zeitung, Freundschaft (freedom, quickness, university, newspaper, friendship).

     
  • Nouns ending in -ie:
    Drogerie, Geographie, Komödie, Industrie, Ironie (often equal to words ending in -y in English)

     
  • Names of aircraft, ships and motorbikes:
    die Boeing 747, die Titanic, die BMW (motorbike only; the car is der BMW). The die comes from die Maschine, which can mean plane, motorbike and engine. - Helpful reminder: ships are often referred to as “she” in English.

     
  • Nouns ending in -ik:
    die Grammatik, Grafik, Klinik, Musik, Panik, Physik - except das Mosaik.

  • Borrowed (foreign) nouns ending in -ade, -age, -anz, -enz, -ette, -ine, -ion, -tur:
    Parade, Blamage (shame), Bilanz, Distanz, Frequenz, Serviette (napkin), Limonade, Nation, Konjunktur (economic trend). Note: Such words often resemble their English equivalent. A rare -ade exception: der Nomade. 

  • Cardinal numbers:
    eine Eins, eine Drei (a one, a three)

Always NEUTER (das/ein):

  • Diminutive nouns ending in -chen or -lein:
    Fräulein, Häuschen, Kaninchen, Mädchen (unmarried woman, cottage, rabbit, girl/maiden)

     
  • Infinitives used as nouns (gerunds), ending in -en:
    das Essen, das Schreiben (eating/food, writing)

     
  • Almost all of the 112 known chemical elements:
    das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, Zinn, Zirkonium, usw. - except for six that are masculine (see above). Note: Most of the elements end in -ium, a das ending. Chemical substances ending in -in are also neuter.

     
  • Names of hotels, cafés and theaters:
    das Ritz, das Starbucks and das Hilton

     
  • Names of colors used as nouns:
    das Blau, das Rot (blue, red)

     
  • The letters:
    das A, das B, etc.

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  • Always MASCULINE (der/ein):

    Days, months, and seasons: Montag, Juli, Sommer (Monday, July, summer). The one exception is das Frühjahr, another word for der Frühling, spring.

    Points of the compass, map locations and winds: Nordwest(en) (northwest), Süd(en) (south), der Föhn (warm wind out of the Alps), der Scirocco (sirocco, a hot desert wind).

    Precipitation: Regen, Schnee, Nebel (rain, snow, fog/mist)

    Names of cars and trains: der VW, der ICE, der Mercedes. (But motorbikes and aircraft are feminine.)

    Words ending in -ismus: Journalismus, Kommunismus, Synchronismus (equal -ism words in English)

    Words ending in -ner: Rentner, Schaffner, Zentner, Zöllner (pensioner, [train] conductor, hundred-weight, customs collector). The feminine form adds -in (die Rentnerin).

    The basic "atmospheric" elements that end in -stoff: der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), plus carbon (der Kohlenstoff). The only other elements (out of 112) that are masculine are der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: All of the other chemical elements are neuter (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, usw.).

  • Always FEMININE (die/eine):

    Nouns ending in the following suffixes: -heit, -keit, -tät, -ung, -schaft - Examples: die Freiheit, Schnelligkeit, Universität, Zeitung, Freundschaft (freedom, quickness, university, newspaper, friendship).

    Nouns ending in -ie: Drogerie, Geographie, Komödie, Industrie, Ironie (often equal to words ending in -y in English)

    Names of aircraft, ships and motorbikes: die Boeing 747, die Titanic, die BMW (motorbike only; the car is der BMW). The die comes from die Maschine, which can mean plane, motorbike and engine. - Helpful reminder: Ships are often referred to as "she" in English.

    Nouns ending in -ik: die Grammatik, Grafik, Klinik, Musik, Panik, Physik - But see German Noun Suffixes and Gender for some exceptions!

    Borrowed (foreign) nouns ending in: -ade, -age, -anz, -enz, -ette, -ine, -ion, -tur: Parade, Blamage (shame), Bilanz, Distanz, Frequenz, Serviette (napkin), Limonade, Nation, Konjunktur (economic trend). Note: Such words often resemble their English equivalent. A rare -ade exception: der Nomade. Cardinal numbers: eine Eins, eine Drei (a one, a three)

  • Always NEUTER (das/ein):

    Nouns ending in -chen or -lein: Fräulein, Häuschen, Kaninchen, Mädchen (unmarried woman, cottage, rabbit, girl/maiden)

    Infinitives used as nouns (gerunds): das Essen, das Schreiben (eating/food, writing)

    Almost all of the 112 known chemical elements (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, Zinn, Zirkonium, usw.) - except for six that are masculineexcept for six that are masculine: der Kohlenstoff (carbon), der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: Most of the elements end in -ium, a das ending.

    Names of hotels, cafés and theaters: Das Ritz, Das Starbucks and Das Hilton

    Names of colors used as nouns: das Blau, das Rot (blue, red)

    the letters: das A, das B, etc.

  • Always MASCULINE (der/ein):

    Days, months, and seasons: Montag, Juli, Sommer (Monday, July, summer). The one exception is das Frühjahr, another word for der Frühling, spring.

    Points of the compass, map locations and winds: Nordwest(en) (northwest), Süd(en) (south), der Föhn (warm wind out of the Alps), der Scirocco (sirocco, a hot desert wind).

    Precipitation: Regen, Schnee, Nebel (rain, snow, fog/mist)

    Names of cars and trains: der VW, der ICE, der Mercedes. (But motorbikes and aircraft are feminine.)

    Words ending in -ismus: Journalismus, Kommunismus, Synchronismus (equal -ism words in English)

    Words ending in -ner: Rentner, Schaffner, Zentner, Zöllner (pensioner, [train] conductor, hundred-weight, customs collector). The feminine form adds -in (die Rentnerin).

    The basic "atmospheric" elements that end in -stoff: der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), plus carbon (der Kohlenstoff). The only other elements (out of 112) that are masculine are der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: All of the other chemical elements are neuter (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, usw.).

  • Always FEMININE (die/eine):

    Nouns ending in the following suffixes: -heit, -keit, -tät, -ung, -schaft - Examples: die Freiheit, Schnelligkeit, Universität, Zeitung, Freundschaft (freedom, quickness, university, newspaper, friendship).

    Nouns ending in -ie: Drogerie, Geographie, Komödie, Industrie, Ironie (often equal to words ending in -y in English)

    Names of aircraft, ships and motorbikes: die Boeing 747, die Titanic, die BMW (motorbike only; the car is der BMW). The die comes from die Maschine, which can mean plane, motorbike and engine. - Helpful reminder: Ships are often referred to as "she" in English.

    Nouns ending in -ik: die Grammatik, Grafik, Klinik, Musik, Panik, Physik - But see German Noun Suffixes and Gender for some exceptions!

    Borrowed (foreign) nouns ending in: -ade, -age, -anz, -enz, -ette, -ine, -ion, -tur: Parade, Blamage (shame), Bilanz, Distanz, Frequenz, Serviette (napkin), Limonade, Nation, Konjunktur (economic trend). Note: Such words often resemble their English equivalent. A rare -ade exception: der Nomade. Cardinal numbers: eine Eins, eine Drei (a one, a three)

  • Always NEUTER (das/ein):

    Nouns ending in -chen or -lein: Fräulein, Häuschen, Kaninchen, Mädchen (unmarried woman, cottage, rabbit, girl/maiden)

    Infinitives used as nouns (gerunds): das Essen, das Schreiben (eating/food, writing)

    Almost all of the 112 known chemical elements (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, Zinn, Zirkonium, usw.) - except for six that are masculine: der Kohlenstoff (carbon), der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: Most of the elements end in -ium, a das ending.

    Names of hotels, cafés and theaters

    Names of colors used as nouns: das Blau, das Rot (blue, red)

  • Always MASCULINE (der/ein):

    Days, months, and seasons: Montag, Juli, Sommer (Monday, July, summer). The one exception is das Frühjahr, another word for der Frühling, spring.

    Points of the compass, map locations and winds: Nordwest(en) (northwest), Süd(en) (south), der Föhn (warm wind out of the Alps), der Scirocco (sirocco, a hot desert wind).

    Precipitation: Regen, Schnee, Nebel (rain, snow, fog/mist)

    Names of cars and trains: der VW, der ICE, der Mercedes. (But motorbikes and aircraft are feminine.)

    Words ending in -ismus: Journalismus, Kommunismus, Synchronismus (equal -ism words in English)

    Words ending in -ner: Rentner, Schaffner, Zentner, Zöllner (pensioner, [train] conductor, hundred-weight, customs collector). The feminine form adds -in (die Rentnerin).

    The basic "atmospheric" elements that end in -stoff: der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), plus carbon (der Kohlenstoff). The only other elements (out of 112) that are masculine are der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: All of the other chemical elements are neuter (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, usw.).

  • Always FEMININE (die/eine):

    Nouns ending in the following suffixes: -heit, -keit, -tät, -ung, -schaft - Examples: die Freiheit, Schnelligkeit, Universität, Zeitung, Freundschaft (freedom, quickness, university, newspaper, friendship).

    Nouns ending in -ie: Drogerie, Geographie, Komödie, Industrie, Ironie (often equal to words ending in -y in English)

    Names of aircraft, ships and motorbikes: die Boeing 747, die Titanic, die BMW (motorbike only; the car is der BMW). The die comes from die Maschine, which can mean plane, motorbike and engine. - Helpful reminder: Ships are often referred to as "she" in English.

    Nouns ending in -ik: die Grammatik, Grafik, Klinik, Musik, Panik, Physik - But see German Noun Suffixes and Gender for some exceptions!

    Borrowed (foreign) nouns ending in: -ade, -age, -anz, -enz, -ette, -ine, -ion, -tur: Parade, Blamage (shame), Bilanz, Distanz, Frequenz, Serviette (napkin), Limonade, Nation, Konjunktur (economic trend). Note: Such words often resemble their English equivalent. A rare -ade exception: der Nomade. Cardinal numbers: eine Eins, eine Drei (a one, a three)

  • Always NEUTER (das/ein):

    Nouns ending in -chen or -lein: Fräulein, Häuschen, Kaninchen, Mädchen (unmarried woman, cottage, rabbit, girl/maiden)

    Infinitives used as nouns (gerunds): das Essen, das Schreiben (eating/food, writing)

    Almost all of the 112 known chemical elements (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, Zinn, Zirkonium, usw.) - except for six that are masculine: der Kohlenstoff (carbon), der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: Most of the elements end in -ium, a das ending.

    Names of hotels, cafés and theaters: Das Ritz, Das Starbucks and Das Hilton

    Names of colors used as nouns: das Blau, das Rot (blue, red)

    the letters: das A, das B, etc.

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It's not the actual person, place or thing that has gender in German, but the WORD that stands for the actual thing. That's why a “car” can be either "das Auto" (neut.) or "der Wagen" (masc.).

After searching about noun genders, from here:

  • Always MASCULINE (der/ein):

    Days, months, and seasons: Montag, Juli, Sommer (Monday, July, summer). The one exception is das Frühjahr, another word for der Frühling, spring.

    Points of the compass, map locations and winds: Nordwest(en) (northwest), Süd(en) (south), der Föhn (warm wind out of the Alps), der Scirocco (sirocco, a hot desert wind).

    Precipitation: Regen, Schnee, Nebel (rain, snow, fog/mist)

    Names of cars and trains: der VW, der ICE, der Mercedes. (But motorbikes and aircraft are feminine.)

    Words ending in -ismus: Journalismus, Kommunismus, Synchronismus (equal -ism words in English)

    Words ending in -ner: Rentner, Schaffner, Zentner, Zöllner (pensioner, [train] conductor, hundred-weight, customs collector). The feminine form adds -in (die Rentnerin).

    The basic "atmospheric" elements that end in -stoff: der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), plus carbon (der Kohlenstoff). The only other elements (out of 112) that are masculine are der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: All of the other chemical elements are neuter (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, usw.).

  • Always FEMININE (die/eine):

    Nouns ending in the following suffixes: -heit, -keit, -tät, -ung, -schaft - Examples: die Freiheit, Schnelligkeit, Universität, Zeitung, Freundschaft (freedom, quickness, university, newspaper, friendship).

    Nouns ending in -ie: Drogerie, Geographie, Komödie, Industrie, Ironie (often equal to words ending in -y in English)

    Names of aircraft, ships and motorbikes: die Boeing 747, die Titanic, die BMW (motorbike only; the car is der BMW). The die comes from die Maschine, which can mean plane, motorbike and engine. - Helpful reminder: Ships are often referred to as "she" in English.

    Nouns ending in -ik: die Grammatik, Grafik, Klinik, Musik, Panik, Physik - But see German Noun Suffixes and Gender for some exceptions!

    Borrowed (foreign) nouns ending in: -ade, -age, -anz, -enz, -ette, -ine, -ion, -tur: Parade, Blamage (shame), Bilanz, Distanz, Frequenz, Serviette (napkin), Limonade, Nation, Konjunktur (economic trend). Note: Such words often resemble their English equivalent. A rare -ade exception: der Nomade. Cardinal numbers: eine Eins, eine Drei (a one, a three)

  • Always NEUTER (das/ein):

    Nouns ending in -chen or -lein: Fräulein, Häuschen, Kaninchen, Mädchen (unmarried woman, cottage, rabbit, girl/maiden)

    Infinitives used as nouns (gerunds): das Essen, das Schreiben (eating/food, writing)

    Almost all of the 112 known chemical elements (das Aluminium, Blei, Kupfer, Uran, Zink, Zinn, Zirkonium, usw.) - except for six that are masculine: der Kohlenstoff (carbon), der Sauerstoff (oxygen), der Stickstoff (nitrogen), der Wasserstoff (hydrogen), der Phosphor and der Schwefel (sulphur). Note: Most of the elements end in -ium, a das ending.

    Names of hotels, cafés and theaters

    Names of colors used as nouns: das Blau, das Rot (blue, red)