Is there an official rule on whether it’s die E-Mail or das E-Mail? I’ve heard people use both, although more commonly the female form.


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According to the Duden, both feminine and neuter genders are possible. My personal experience is that indeed most people use die E-Mail in Germany; according to the comments, people tend to say das E-Mail in Austria and Switzerland. Note that the Duden lists the word as E-Mail, not Email (the latter being also a German word for enamel).

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    Yes, in fact I have not heard anyone actually using "das E-Mail". Might have to do with the fact that "Post" is female as well, which "E-Mail" translates into, and "das Email" would be the proper enamel gender, as you pointed out. Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 13:23
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    I actually know a few people who say das E-Mail. (I also know someone who says die E-Post, which I like very much :-)) Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 13:28
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    Personal experience: Our Austrian customers tend to say das E-Mail, just like das Cola. Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 16:48
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    Der Brief, die Post, das Schreiben. Man suche es sich aus. Siehe auch die Diskussion Wonach richtet sich das Geschlecht eines Anglizismus? Commented Aug 16, 2011 at 20:36
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    In Switzerland people tend to say "das E-Mail" instead of "die E-Mail". Commented Aug 18, 2011 at 10:03

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