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

ein, eine, einen and female and male

how do I know when to use either "ein, eine or einen" before a word? and how should I know if something is male or female? for example- how should I know that "Zitrone" is a female and "Löffel" is a male?

September 24, 2012

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

there isn't a rule to know if a work is masculine or feminine, you just have to learn the gender along with the word when you are studying the word. I find that difficult too, but thats the way it is. You learn the gender + word.

To the first question, ein, eine, einen all mean a/one, which one you use depends on the gender of the word, example ein Mann, because Man is masculine and eine Frau because woman is feminine. Hope that clarifies things a bit.


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

Thank you, 1up, It helped me.


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

Most nouns ending with -e are feminine. Exceptions are for example der Junge and der Käse. I can't think of a neuter word ending with -e at the moment.


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

cough You don't. However somehow you learn and can interpret a lot of things based on the rules your memory apparently just makes up. Your brain is better at detecting patterns than you are. Apparently germans think all women should have a cat and be tied to a kitchen... and read...newspapers? While men should have a dog, eat apples and become professors _


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

quote "Apparently germans think all women should have a cat and be tied to a kitchen... and read...newspapers? While men should have a dog, eat apples and become professors _"

Who says?


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

@Kragi

die Kucher, Die Katze, Die Zeitung, Der Hund, Der Apfel, Der Professor. German says. =P (Or at least that's what Duolingo is giving me >.<)


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