The main and most important reason is that Mädchen ends in chen and nouns which are diminutives and end in chen are always neuter. As for girls, the word Mädchen is still neuter for two reasons, a) because it ends in chen, b) because nouns ending in chen dont change in the plural.
Why is Junge masculine and Mädchen neutral?
Das Mädchen simply means girl (=female child), das Kind means child (= neutral), and for a male child or boy you would use der Junge (old-fashioned der Knabe, southern dialects as well der Bub(e)). As far as I can see, the neutral gender for girl comes from the ending -chen.
What gender is girl in German?
There are three main rules to remember when using these diminutive endings: they always make a noun neuter, regardless of what gender the original word was. they do not change in the plural form, eg das Mädchen (the girl), die Mädchen (the girls)
What does Mädchen mean in German?
girl noun. (also Madchen) In Germany and other German-speaking areas: a girl.
Why is girl ein in German?
1) (a) because its a diminutive in -chen and those are all neuter; (b) because the grammatical gender of a noun does not necessarily correspond to the real-life gender of the thing that the noun refers to. Person, for example, is always feminine, even though there are male and female persons.
What is the boy in German?
boy → Jungs, Kerl, Junge, Bursche, Bube, Knabe, Knappe, Boy, Matz....Cross Translation:FromToVia• boy→ Junge; Knabe↔ garçon — Jeune homme1 more row
Why is it Ein Madchen?
As for girls, the word Mädchen is still neuter for two reasons, a) because it ends in chen, b) because nouns ending in chen dont change in the plural. By saying das Mädchen, we know its one girl, whereas die Mädchen is more than one. What you most likely would hear, is: Das Mädchen ist klein.
What is the Dutch word for boy?
nounFromToVia• boy→ knaapjongenjochiejoch↔ Bursche• boy→ jongenknaapjochiejoch↔ Junge• boy→ knaapjochjongenjochie↔ Knabe• boy→ jongen↔ garçon
Is das ein or eine?
If the noun is in the nominative case, the articles are ein in masculine and neuter, and eine in feminine. If the noun is in the genitive case, the articles change to eines (masculine/neuter) and einer (feminine). For example, Es ist das Auto einer Freundin.