All neutral nouns or sometimes called “no gender” nouns, usually
begin with “das“.
Notice that ‘s’ which is an indicative of neutral noun in german.
Some of fine examples of neutral nouns are…
|das Ausland||Foreign country|
|das Café||Coffee house|
|das Goethe-Institut||German Institute|
|das Mädchen||Girl (unmarried)|
|das Geschäft||Business / Shop|
Tips to Isolate Neutral Nouns
Here are some of the tips, so that you can best remember neutral german
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Money (das Geld)and Water (das Wasser) always belong to neutral gender. In short they have no gender.
Did you notice !
Surprisingly the gender for a child (das Kind) and unmarried girl (das Mädchen )
has no gender or das neutral gender? Surprised?
yes, in german they are very special. Both has no gender. This is a true peculiar difference with german language than compared to other languages.
Watch out for some of the german nouns with
-o endings. These mostly should be of neutral gender. Please
note that not all nouns strictly obey rules, and this is just mere tip
to learn german at faster rate.
Look for any nouns that are derived or formed from the main verbs. They
most probably should be of neutral gender. Just make the verb change to
noun by capitalising the first beginning letter.
|das Essen||verb essen (to eat) Food, Meal
|das Fernsehen||v. fernsehen (watch TV)|
Note! Not all verbs can be easily converted to noun,
most undergo many changes before being transformed to noun.
Nouns that end in -ot are mostly neutral category.
Another best way to isolate or identify neutral german nouns is by noticing
-um ending of nouns.