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In Hamburg there is a street called Eckerkoppel. According to dict.leo.org, Koppel is a neuter noun. So if a German writes "Sein Haus ist in der Eckerkoppel", is the street name treated as a feminine noun simply because it's a street?

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    dict.leo.org says "die Koppel" for paddock. Sep 11, 2011 at 12:53

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In german, there's both

das Koppel (in english: belt)

and

die Koppel (in english: paddock, see Hendrik's comment)

with the grammatical gender as sole difference between them.

In connection with locations or street names, „Koppel“ usually originates from the second variant. I don't know any example for „Koppel“ as part of a street name in the first sense.

There are also examples for the usage of the word „Gürtel“ to name streets (see Kölner Gürtel or the Wiener Gürtelstraße) or locations (see Grüngürtel, „Speckgürtel“, similar as "Bible Belt" in english).

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    Wow, never heard das Koppel for belt. +1 for the great explanation ;) Sep 11, 2011 at 14:56
  • Thank you. I looked at a list of entries on dict.leo.org that said "das Koppel", and in the middle of them was one that said "die Koppel", which I missed. Sep 11, 2011 at 17:47
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    @OregonGhost: ask anyone who did military service - at least that's where I learned that term.
    – Jan
    Sep 12, 2011 at 11:55
  • @Jan: Will do ;) Sep 12, 2011 at 18:56
  • @OregonGhost Pferde stehen mit einer Koppel auf der Koppel.
    – feeela
    Sep 13, 2011 at 10:56
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No, here "Koppel" is female.

For example, it would be correct to say "sein Haus ist im Pulverhofsweg", because "Weg" is male.

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