Die, Der, Das. Which one to use?

I know that Die is feminine, der is masculine, and das is Neuter but I don't know how to tell what other things genders are. Like I don't know which "The" to use with anything else besides Die Frau, Der Mann, Das Madchen, Die Frauen, Die Manner, and Die Madchen.

May 24, 2017


You will have to learn every noun with its article (= grammatical gender). There is no way around, but after a while you will get the hang and be able to instantly tell the gender / article of composite nouns etc. pp.

May 24, 2017

Exactly this. You need to learn the noun with the article just think of it as part of the word. As quis said there is no way around it.

May 25, 2017

This is helpful


  • Male People

    der Mann (The man), der Lehrer (The teacher)

  • Seasons

    der Frühling (Spring), der Sommer (Summer), der Herbst (Autumn), der Winter

  • Days / Months
  • Words ending in -ling
  • Words ending in -ant
  • Words ending in -us
  • Words ending in -ich / -ig


  • Female People

    die Frau (The woman), die Lehrerin (The teacher)

  • German Rivers

    die Donau, die Mosel, die Elbe

  • Words ending in -ei
  • Words ending in -schaft
  • Words ending in -heit / -keit
  • Words ending in -ung
  • Words ending in -tät

    die Universität (the university)

  • Words ending in -ion
  • Words ending in -ik
  • Words ending in -ie
  • Words ending in -enz / -anz


  • Letters of the Alphabet

    das A (the letter A)

  • Words ending in -lein / -chen

    das Fräulein (the women), das Mädchen (the girls)

  • Words ending in -um

    das Museum, das Aquarium

  • Words ending in -ment

    das Experiment

  • Words ending in -ma

    das Thema, das Drama

  • Nouns from infinitive verb forms

    das Schwimmen (the (act of) swimming), das Leben (Life)

May 25, 2017

This really helped.

May 26, 2017

This is so cool. Where did you find it? Is it legit? Great tip!

May 26, 2017

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Der, Die, Das! Discussion by Julika

Comment by michael.di5

May 24, 2017

your last three examples are actually plural where it's always "die", so that's easy.

May 24, 2017

Sadly, You must memorize each noun and its gender. You will eventually just start accidentally memorizing them without thinking about it too much. Until then when you see a new word focus on what gender it is.

(Disclaimer: Doesn't work with Dative case)

Hope that helped

May 24, 2017

It did help.

May 26, 2017


May 26, 2017
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