This may seem an odd (basic?) question, but can anyone explain what grammatical gender is for, i.e. what value it adds? Having the different cases helps understand the role of nouns within a sentence, but gender?
Certainly as a learner of German, the genders just seem to add complication. The fact that words seem to have gender randomly assigned means that it doesn’t add any information about the word or aid understanding.
Thanks in advance,
p.s. Antworten auf Deutsch sind auch willkommen