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Why do they have "der", "die", and "das" in the German language?

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    Dear friend,
    I'm very sorry for that :) I was upset as well when faced this difficulty.
    Probably there is no answer for the question "why".

    Still, sometimes you may guess about the article.
    For instance, all words with the ending "-keit" are fem. ("die"): die Müdigkeit, die Arbeitslosigkeit

    Die is for Feminine nouns, Der is for masculine, Das is for Neuter.
    For example: Der Mann = The man, Die Frau = The woman, Das Kind = the child.
    However, it can be changed from a neuter to a feminine to indicate pluar or ownership.

    In the english language you have: the car, the dog, the person..
    in german language, every noun has it's own grammatical gender.

    So you say: Das Auto (neutral)
    Der Hund (masc.)
    Die Person (fem.)
    Unfaithfully it's not too easy to learn because there's existing no general rule for.So you cannot say every noun ending on "-e" ist masc. or
    any word ending on an "a" is fem.

    So if you learn vocabulary you should learn the belonging definite article as well.

    Well , THE german is a very complicated language.
    English is much easier. "Der, die, das" vs. "The" is only one example of many. Articles (m. f. n.) will give you the change to differentiated more and express things in longer and more complicated sentence. This way german can be very very precise. English is often very simple and can easy understood wrong.

    So for a complicated/precise language you need comlicated/precise articles . Thats why we have them.

    Something to read ,....
    Something to enjoy,...

    Why ?
    That is really a very fundamental question.
    This is one of the peculiarities of the German language.
    The adequate classification of nouns into 3 categories instead of the 2 widely used genders in most of the other languages; feminine and masculine.
    The third category called "neutral" which should refer to neutral objects and things which are neither masculine nor feminine,like the word (das Kind)= a child , which refers to the age category without specifying whether a male or female kid. However in German (das Mädchen) = a girl is also neutral, even if it is obviously a feminine gender.
    The reason is that there are always exceptions to the rule ..etc
    Yes , it seems the German grammar is quite complicated in comparison with other languages. I hope to know the reason why as well ;)

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