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Grammatical gender and sex have little to do with one another. The terms "masculine," "feminine," and "neuter" are conventions for grammarians, not biologists. Even after recognizing that, learners of German will soon discover that common sense is still not always a good guide in figuring out whether a noun is der, die, or das. Mostly, you just have to learn a noun's gender (and plural) along with the word itself.

There are, however, a few categories that might be of help.

Masculine:

Neuter:

Feminine:

 
  The future is feminine, and so is the past!
 

Controversies:

There are even some nouns about which native speakers don't agree. Some differences are regional. In Austria and Upper Bavaria, for example, it is possible to say "der Radio," rather than "das." Sometimes the importation of a new word into the language creates uncertainty. For a discussion of some of these problems, see http://faql.de/genus.html