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Could anyone tell me what's the difference between der, das, die?

August 22, 2017



Nouns in German are either feminine, masculine or neuter. For example, "Frau" (woman) is feminine, "Mann" (man) is masculine, and "Kind" (child) is neuter. The grammatical gender may not match the biological gender: "M├Ądchen" (girl) is a neuter noun.

It is very important to learn every noun along with its gender because parts of German sentences change depending on the gender of their nouns.

Generally speaking, the definite article "die" (the) and the indefinite article "eine" (a/an) are used for feminine nouns, "der" and "ein" for masculine nouns, and "das" and "ein" for neuter nouns. For example, it is "die Frau," "der Mann," and "das Kind." However, later you will see that this changes depending on something called the "case of the noun."


Thank you, your comment helps me XD


You're welcome.


I just started German, that's good to know!


Der=masculine Das=Neuter Die=Feminine


Thank you for your help ^^ But how to differentiate feminine, masculine, and neuter?


You have to learn them individually with every new vocabulary word, but for the most part this chart showing word endings should be of help. Don't rush, with time you will eventually learn them by heart.


Thank you very much, your comment really helps me XD


The most nouns which end in the syllable tum get the article 'das' but the wealth is 'der Reichtum'.

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