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What is neuter gender?

 

Definition
 

Neuter gender is a grammatical gender that

 
  • includes those nouns having referents which do not have distinctions of sex, and
  • often includes some which do have a natural sex distinction.
Examples (German)
 

Here are some examples of words that have neuter gender [diacritical markings are not reproduced here]:

 
  • das Festmahl ‘the banquet’
  • das Madchen ‘the girl’
Generic
  Neuter gender is a kind of
 
Sources
 

Hartmann and Stork 1972 93

 

Mish 1991 795


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