Der, die oder das E-Mail?
Is there an official rule on whether it’s die E-Mail or das E-Mail? I’ve heard people use both, although more commonly the female form.
According to the Duden, both feminine and neuter genders are possible. My personal experience is that indeed most people use die E-Mail in Germany; according to the comments, people tend to say das E-Mail in Austria and Switzerland. Note that the Duden lists the word as E-Mail, not Email (the latter being also a German word for enamel).
Yes, in fact I have not heard anyone actually using "das E-Mail". Might have to do with the fact that "Post" is female as well, which "E-Mail" translates into, and "das Email" would be the proper enamel gender, as you pointed out.
I actually know a few people who say _das E-Mail_. (I also know someone who says _die E-Post_, which I like very much `:-)`)
Personal experience: Our Austrian customers tend to say *das E-Mail*, just like *das Cola*.
Der Brief, die Post, das Schreiben. Man suche es sich aus. Siehe auch die Diskussion Wonach richtet sich das Geschlecht eines Anglizismus?
Can't talk about Austria or Switzerland, but all the geek communities in Germany that I've joined or visited are using "die E-Mail" or "die Mail".
In my experience, "die E-Mail" predominates in Germany, but "das E-Mail" in Austria and Switzerland
E-Mail, die oder das Wortart: Substantiv, feminin oder Substantiv, Neutrum Synonyme zu E-Mail (EDV) E-Brief, E-Post, elektronische Post, elektronischer Brief, Mail Dieses Wort gehört zum Wortschatz des Zertifikats Deutsch. Uwe Keim: definitely not, "Die E-Mail-Nachricht" is a redundant tautology / pleonasm. user unknown: das Email ist das Synonym zu Emaille, nachschlagen bei Duden. Hendrik Vogt wrong answer! http://www.duden.de/rechtschreibung/E_Mail (wer lesen kann ist im Vorteil ;)