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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 :)

November 28, 2012



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.


Here is a post that might help more.... http://duolingo.com/#/comment/16


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 alright, it's a bit more clear to me now. Thanks guys! :)


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.


Hm, I'd say that several nouns ending on -el tend to be masculine: der Apfel/die Äpfel, der Mantel/die Mäntel, der Ekel, der Löffel/die Löffel, der Speichel, der Meißel/die Meißel, however there are also femines: die Eichel/die Eicheln, die Weichsel/-.


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?


Apple, the company, doesn't really have a gender in German.

The noun "apple" (as in the fruit) is Apfel in German, and that word has masculine gender, so it's der Apfel in the nominative case and den Apfel in the accusative case.

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