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feminine nouns

When a noun ends in "ung" (i.e. Zeitung) is always a feminine noun and takes the article "die".

December 14, 2011

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

Furthermore, you can often use the "-ung" ending to make a noun from an adjective or verb. Take for example the verb üben (to practice). Reducing it to the stem of the verb and adding the ending gives Übung (exercise or practice). A few more examples: -the verb buchen (to book) and the noun Buchung (booking), -the verb besprechen (to discuss or review) and the noun Besprechung (meeting or discussion).

This can be very useful when you get a feel for it!


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

Words ending on -e, -anz, -ion, -ik, -heit, -keit, -ung or -tät are usually, but not always, feminine. This is a very nice rule to know. Examples: die Allianz, die Religion, die Kritik, die Möglichkeit, die Werbung, die Universität, etc.


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To give the entire list from my German book:

Masculine:

  1. -en (unless the noun=the infinite of a verb) e.g. der Haken, der Wagen
  2. Nouns, which are identical with a verbal stem e.g. der Streit, der Bau
  3. Verbal stem + er (arbeit (-en)= der Arbeiter) e.g. der Kugelschreiber, der Flaschenöffner
  4. Foreign words, which end with -us e.g. der Zirkus, der Liberalismus

Feminine:

  1. -e e.g. die Farbe, die Note (this is a very general rule and has many exceptions)
  2. -ei, -eit, -heit, -keit, -schaft, and -ung e.g. die Lebelei, die Arbeit, die Sauberkeit, die Gemeinschaft, die Rechnung
  3. Foreign words, which end with -ik, -ion, -nz, -tät, and -ur e.g. die Musik, die Diskussion, die Konkurrenz, die Rarität, die Kultur

Neuter:

  1. Nouns, which are identical with infinite of the verb e.g. das Essen, das Fernsehen, das Rauchen
  2. -chen and -lein e.g. das Fräulein, das Mädchen, das Rotkäppchen
  3. -nis e.g. Ereignis, das Zeugnis, das Erlebnis
  4. Words, which begin with Ge- e.g. das Geschäft, das Geschirr, das Gefühl

Very helpful to remember. Of course there are exceptions, but this will definitely help.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Timxj220

Thank you for this help. One of the few things, I still get caught up on.


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

something like '-ing' in English


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

@huntdm07 Would 'achtung' be another example? If so, what verb would it come from?


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

Achtung --> verb: achten (be aware of, be careful of..)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/stormclouds101

Danke, Ich liebe Deutsch! :)


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

@bennyhill Danke Schön!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rafael5511

Unglaublich!!!!!


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tank u its helpfull


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

Sorry! I've saw it just now and solve it, my mistake!!


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

I know of one exception Der Dung. I presume because it's not really a suffifx D-ung..


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

Another one: der Sprung


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ameralviper699

I have ben Having trouble with german, anything that could help?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mitchell54

anyone got lingots?


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This also applies (of course) to words ending in "gung" like die Reinigung.

@nimbusaeta: achten, to pay attention/be careful


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

it's rather also "-ung", coming from the verb "reinigen"

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