Chapter6

Gender: More Than Male or Female

In This Chapter

  • How to determine the gender of nouns
  • Changing gender
  • Plural formation

Think a girl is female (das Mädchen)? Think your female babysitter is female (der Babysitter)? Think your infant girl is female (der Säugling)? Not in the German language. In this chapter, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the gender of German nouns.

Determining Gender

If you have taken any French or Spanish, you have already dealt with nouns that have two genders. In German, it’s more complex: German nouns have three distinct genders. If you’ve been reading this book carefully, you’ve probably already ...

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