Die, Der, Das

I know Die is feminine, Das is neutral and Der is masculine, but how do you determine which goes to which word?

April 3, 2018


you have to memorise it. learn the nouns together with the article as one unity , cause there is no rule you could apply.

ps. the article is usually not capitalized only the noun.

April 3, 2018

usually when the word ends in e it's feminine

April 3, 2018

Sometimes it is not feminine; for example der Erbe, der Löwe, der Riese.

April 3, 2018

Der Erbe wäre eine männliche Person, die erbt. Das, was geerbt wird, ist das Erbe.

April 3, 2018

Ja, das Wort erben ist ein schönes Beispiel für die Verwendung aller drei Artikel. Der Erbe, die Erben (Plural), die Erbin (weiblich), das Erbe ( Plural = die Erbschaften). German is hard!

April 3, 2018

das Erbe

der Löwe

der Kaffee

der Tee

das Ende

der Wille

der Gedanke

der Junge

der Lotse

der Kunde

der Zeuge etc.

sorry but your comment about an e as the ending making the noun feminine is nonesence.

April 3, 2018

well I checked the word tab for words ending in e:
125 feminine, 16 other gender

so almost 90% chance of it being feminine (and even more if you exclude words like Junge)

April 3, 2018

"nonesence" is nonsense

April 3, 2018

Unfortunately this can be quite random and requires some effort to learn the genders of each word. This video has some helpful tips on German grammatical gender.

April 3, 2018

it is so random! I have just learned to memorize most of the common articles!

April 4, 2018
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