In the German language some nouns that refer to males or females are masculine or feminine respectively. But gender (and the use of articles) doesn’t necessarily depend on being male, female, or inanimate. This means that learners have to learn how to identify the gender of German nouns.
In some cases it can be determined by examining the way of how the word was formed. Certain suffixes are signals that a noun is a specific gender. The gender of German nouns can be identified by the following characteristics.