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Here is a big help for SOME noun genders

Hallo!

I can't remember where I read this, but it has helped me a lot! Remember these tips:

Any word ending in heit, keit or ung will always be feminine. I say always because that is what the book said, and it has been true so far...

Any word ending in chen or lein will always be neuter. Same as above, this has always been true so far....

Now these may not sound like much, but just those tips have helped me tremendously in picking the correct genders for the articles....

I know there are more, but these are the ones I know for sure work!

Good luck! Viel Spaß!

Annie

February 17, 2018

9 Comments


[deactivated user]

    Yes, there are some hints you can take to help you with that. This page shows you quite a few of them: https://www.lsa.umich.edu/german/hmr/Grammatik/Gender/Gender.html


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

    I'm always grateful for tricks like these. Interestingly, whilst as you say, things ending in lein are neuter, der Lein (the Flax) is masculine. :)


    [deactivated user]

      Those damn exceptions...


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Andu444

      It is true though where -chen or -lein is used as a diminutive (ie not Lein). :)


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

      I know, i just thought it was interesting


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

      Yes, you have to know that it is used as a diminutive. There are some words that end in "chen" that are not neuter:

      der Knochen
      der Mantarochen


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

      oh, yes... i knew Rochen (Skate), but Mantarochen is a nice word. thanks


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

      Thanks Annie! Will remember these rules from now

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