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German Feminine Nouns Continued Posted by on May 15, 2009 in Language

This is part 2 of the feminine noun post. Sometimes, loan words that come from English are used in German. Take a look at some of these foreign word endings:

-isse : die Hornisse (hornet)

-ive : die Initiative (initiative)

-ette : die Serviette (napkin)

-ade : die Parade (parade)

Now here are some groupings of nouns that classifies these nouns as feminine nouns:

1) The names of ships and motorbikes : die Titanic (Titanic)

2) Numbers : die Eins (one)

3) Flowers and Trees : die Rose (rose)

4) German rivers : die Donau (Danube)

Now here are some exceptions:

1) although das Auge (eye) ends in an “e”, it’s not a feminine noun

2) although das Sofa (sofa) ends in “a”, it’s not a feminine noun

3) although der Nomade (nomad) ends in “ade”, it’s not a feminine noun

4) although der Urin (urine) ends in “in”, it’s not a feminine noun (note: words that end in “in” that do not pertain to people may not always be feminine nouns)

5) although das Ei (egg) has an “ei”, it’s not a feminine noun

6) although das Genie (genius) ends in an “ie”, it’s not a feminine noun

7) although der Rhein (Rhine) is a German river, it’s not feminine

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