Why is girl not feminine in German?

Is girl masculine or feminine in German?

Some of the genders are obvious, such as the word for ‘woman’ is feminine (die Frau), the word for ‘man’ is masculine (der Mann) and the word for ‘boy’ is masculine (der Junge). But just when you think you’ve got it, you get thrown a curve ball such as the word for ‘girl’ (das Mädchen) is neuter.

What makes a word feminine in German?

So instead of referring to a word’s meaning, gender refers to the word itself. To point out the gender of nouns, you use different gender markers. The three gender markers that mean the (singular) in German are der (masculine), die (feminine), and das (neuter). The plural form of the definite article is die.

Why is it Ein Mädchen not Eine?

1) (a) because it’s a diminutive in -chen and those are all neuter; (b) because the grammatical gender of a noun does not necessarily correspond to the real-life gender of the thing that the noun refers to. Person, for example, is always feminine, even though there are male and female persons.

What does MÄD mean in German?


From To Via
• Mädchen → girl ↔ meisje
• Mädchen → servantmaidattendantman-servanthandmaidhandmaidenmaid-servantservant-girl ↔ domestique
• Mädchen → girl ↔ fille
• Mädchen → girl ↔ jeune fille
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How do you determine gender in German?

The gender of German nouns can be identified by the article they take; der for masculine, die for feminine and das for neuter.

What is the neuter gender?

Neuter gender:

Neuter means neither, which is neither male nor female.

How do you make a word masculine and feminine in German?

Masculine German words referring to people can be made feminine by adding -in in the singular and -innen in the plural. Numbers used in counting are feminine.