theunixgeek (theunixgeek) wrote in linguaphiles,
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German Compound Nouns

I'm taking a look at how compound nouns are formed in German and I want to make sure that I'm understanding gender determination correctly: given "Bananenbaum" (banana tree), the gender would be masculine (der Bananenbaum) because Baum is masculine and Banane(-n) (which is a feminine noun) is acting as an adjective. Is this correct?

Edit: How do I know when I should insert an N or an S between two words? That is, why is it Bananenbaum and Pfirsichbaum yet not Pfirsischebaum nor Bananebaum?

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