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Today i wanna ask you how to pick up the right article for a word? Is there any rule that applies for the articles. For example why Die Milch instead of Das Milch or Der Milch? I think the article must be picked up, according to the word's ending. I don't really know. One of the solutions would be to learn the article mechanically for each word, but there must be a easier and logical solution. Thanks in advance

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  • Except some endings (f. e. -schaft, -ung) there is no any rule. You have to remember the article for almost every single word. And even worse - the meaning of some words depends on the article – Eller Apr 19 '17 at 11:23
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  • You need to learn it "mechanically" (as you call it, or "by heart" as would I prefer to call it). While speaking your brain has no time to think about "what was the rule here... uh... uh... um... wait a moment... words with an -a at the end usually are female... uh..." Your brain must have formed a fix tie between the word and its genus. It will form this tie by repeated use. So: read books! Speak to friends! Write letters! Use the language! – Christian Geiselmann Apr 19 '17 at 13:05

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