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Wie weiß man, ob ein Lehnwort Maskulin, Feminin und Neutrum ist?

  • I am not going to post this as an answer because I can't remember where I read this, but I seem to recall that loanwords in German are typically neuter (das).
    – Dustin
    Commented Feb 2, 2014 at 22:08
  • Which is already disproved by above examples. Also consider die Gang, die Party, der Spirit, etc... Commented Feb 2, 2014 at 22:54
  • I read in "Der Dativ ist dem Genetiv sein Tod" that it's determined by the gender of the closest German word. Like for Nutella, "Produktnamen sind grundsätzlich sächlich," but it's "die Haselnusscreme." So the gender of the word isn't always clear but I assume eventually people will just pick a gender and it'll stick.
    – thekeyofgb
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 0:34
  • Das klappt nicht so einfach. Wenn ein Wort im Deutschen feminin ist, jedoch sagt das Fremdwort ganz anders. Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 1:14

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It is really difficult to know because most words don't answer to any kind of rule, however here are some tips to help you tackle those words: if the word ends in -heit -ung it is feminine. If the word can resemble a verb, for example essen; it is Neutral. i.e. das Essen or Das Entstehen.

  • That's not related to the question.
    – persson
    Commented Feb 3, 2014 at 9:04

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