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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

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

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

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

usually when the word ends in e it's feminine

April 3, 2018

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

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

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saskia390132

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

April 3, 2018

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

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

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/7hAu0bvY

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

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LICA98

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

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

"nonesence" is nonsense

April 3, 2018

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

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. https://youtu.be/P_TXfXvR_Rs

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jazi325575

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

April 4, 2018
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