https://www.duolingo.com/digokoch

"Ein Mädchen lernt."

5 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/digokoch

"Ein" is masculine but why "A girl learns" is correct?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/FaNciiN

because Mädchen and Kind is neutrum. Ein Mädchen, ein Kind. masculine is also ein. Ein Mann

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Balage
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It's like 'a baby' in English, referred to as 'it'. Gender isn't important when you stress young age.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rcomet321

But it is so for boys? (Der Junge)

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/slytherclaw

There is not one rule that determines all gender. Sadly, you just have to memorize. It's a good way to try to remember though, but just like in English, the "rules" get broken all the time.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/CDoubleUS
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Mädchen is a diminutive for Maid. All diminutives (end in -chen) are neuter as I understand it. Everything ending in -ung is feminine. Der Junge isn't diminutive.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Joaquin.Ivona

Ein is also neuter, not just masculine, and Mädchen is neuter, so it applies

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Paolo.Bolzoni

Why "A maid is learning" is wrong here?

5 years ago
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