https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ethicalgeek

Das . Die . der .

how to know which one is right for a specific word

June 25, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

I think you should learn the nouns together with their articles right from the start. So you should not learn "Baum", but "der Baum", for example.

There are no general rules, in particular for those simple words like "der Baum". But there are several endings that are associated with certain genders.

For example, words ending with the suffix -ung always are feminine: "die Hoffnung" (hope) "die Strömung" (flow), "die Haltung" (attitude) etc.

I think this is a good overview (source: University of Michigan): https://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/Grammatik/Gender/Gender.html

June 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ethicalgeek

thanks , that was pretty helpful .

June 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Onyx6969

Learn the word with the "der" die" or "das" instead of learning like "Junge" learn it like "Der Junge" instead of it byitself

June 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sachi-Yoda1

Der is masculine, die is feminine and das is neuter

June 25, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EpicRuler1414

If have noticed that if the noun ends in 'e' it is usually 'Die'

June 26, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heike333145

There are too many, very usual, counter-examples: der Junge (the boy), der Matrose, das Besondere (the special (thing), and there are many more nouns formed from adjectives this way), der Riese (the giant), der Affe (monkey), der Philologe, der Löwe (lion), der Hase (hare) etc

June 26, 2017
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