Why is it "Der Apfel"?
I read the tips and notes, and it said the different types of genders and nouns. For women, it was "die", men "der", and "das" for neuter. Wouldn't it be "Das Apfel" instead of "Der Apfel"? Is the apple in some way masculine? Haha thanks :)
Every noun is assigned a gender. Apple happens to be masculine. Girl happens to be neuter. Actual gender (or lack there of) of a person/object is (for the most part) irrelevant. French is similar....English is simpler. Try to learn the gender when you learn a word. Don't learn that Apfel=apple. Learn "der Apfel"=apple
Hope that helps.
Girl being neuter actually makes sense. It comes from the rule 'chen' making words small, and when we think of small things (e.g. animals) it's usually as just one gender, even in English. At least it makes gender simpler.
Gender rules in many languages don't go according to the physical gender... They are given the genders since the creation of that language or taken from its parent language.... Like sun and the moon.... In Italic Languages, like Latin, Spanish, etc, sun is masculine (sol) and moon is feminine (luna), while in germanic languages, it's the other way round (Die Sonne and Der Mond). One possible reason might be that they were assigned the genders simply because it would fit the general grammar rule.... You just have to learn them..
Oh I also had the same thought... I thought der Zucker is such a MAN oh my god ha ha in Greek sugar is female you see.. still laugh!
Yeah, what gender a word gets is mostly random except for most male/female roles.
For me, it was "Den Apfel". I tried searching on Google "what gender is apple in German" and it just translated "what gender is apple" to German ;-; Does anybody know what gender Apple is?