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Noun Gender

Gender in German

In German, each noun has one of three genders: masculine, feminine, or neuter. This idea of gender is found in many Indo-European languages and while some may have abandoned gender in the modern language, it remains a key part of modern German. The gender of the noun effects its corresponding article’s declination as well as each noun’s adjectival forms. Below, we see the effects of gender. The variations in the cases will be discussed in a different lesson.

Examples:

ein gutes Bier
a good beer (neuter)

ein guter Mann
a good man (masc.)

in dem Park
in the park (dative, masc.)

in der Galerie
in the gallery (dative, fem.)

Ich kaufe den Hut.
I’m buying the hat (accusative, masc.)

Ich kaufe die Zeitung.
I’m buying the newspaper (accusative, fem.)

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