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From: David Dubin <David_Dubin -at- NOTES -dot- PW -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 13:33:27 EST

In a recent post, Alexander von Obert states, "In German the grammatical gender
is very obvious from the way German is constructed..."

He is partly correct, it is only obvious to native German speakers! German has
all three genders in the language; feminine, masculine, and neutral. The
pronouns can change based on case; nominative, genitive, dative and accusative.
The plural of nouns also changes the gender. For example, "der Mann" is the
man. However, the plural of "mann" is "maenner", which takes the feminine
pronoun, "die".

Another interesting and strange example is the word "Bundeswehr", which, in
essence, means Federal Forces (or Army). One would think that it would be
masculine, but it is feminine because the word, "wehr" is feminine. In German,
a word always takes the gender of the noun, not the nouns or adjectives
modifying it.

BTW, how is this for an interesting German word:

David Dubin
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