Follow

gender-neutral german grammar 

here are some words and grammatical constructs in german for talking about someone whose pronouns you don't know, and for talking about groups of people without having to exclude nonbinary folks. these aren't set in stone or anything, but it's what my friends and i use and it works pretty well for us

pronoun:
person (they)
e.g. "person hat gesagt..." [they said...]
replaces the less inclusive "er oder sie"

indefinite pronoun:
mensch [one]
e.g. "mensch kann das machen" [one can do that]
replaces the male-defaulting "man"
note: it's possible to avoid this construct altogether by using passive voice

plural suffix:
-is
e.g. "mitbewohnis" [roommates]
note: for more formal speech or writing you might want to use
-_innen
e.g. "arbeiter_innen" [workers]
replaces the less inclusive "arbeiter und arbeiterinnen"

indefinite article:
eins [a]
e.g. "was für eins süßi" [what a cutie]
replaces the male-defaulting "ein"

gender-neutral german grammar 

@sk22 y, gute idee!

gender-neutral german grammar 

@eel I like using "mensch"

gender-neutral german grammar 

@eel “male-defaulting ‘man’” — I… did not know that. I’m still learning German, and this is an honest question to help me understand:

My textbook claims ‘man’ is gender-neutral; what makes it male-defaulting? What am I missing?

@vfrmedia

gender-neutral german grammar 

@Calcifer @vfrmedia i think "man" has fallen out of favour mostly because it's homophone to "Mann"

gender-neutral german grammar 

@eel ah, I see; thank you!

So it’s more about clarity; not so much the word ‘man’ is itself gendered, but that it can easily be confused for a gendered word.

Do I understand that correctly?

@vfrmedia

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Sunbeam City 🌻

Sunbeam City is a Libertarian Socialist solarpunk instance. It is ran democratically by a cooperative of like-minded individuals.