I am learning German using the Duolingo app in my mobile.

In one of the exercises I type "eine Mädchen ein Frau" as an answer for an audio but I got this error:

Careful "Mädchen" actually takes a neutral article, like most nouns that end in "chen"

I changed the order to "ein Mädchen eine Frau" to correct it but I still don't understand why the first one is wrong.


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The answer is quite easy: For feminin (defined article: die) substantives, you use "eine", for masculin (defined article: der) and neutral (defined article: das), you use "ein" as undefined article.

Das Mädchen -> Ein Mädchen
Die Frau -> eine Frau

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