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The indefinite articles (“ein,” “eine,” and “ein”)

In English, you use the indefinite article a or an when you want to specify one of a particular thing. Because you’re dealing with three different genders in German, you also have to use three different indefinite articles. Luckily, the indefinite article for masculine and neuter nouns is the same:

✓ For masculine nouns: You use ein, for example, ein Name (a name), ein Mann (a man), and ein Berg (a mountain).

✓ For neuter nouns: You use ein, for example, ein Problem (a problem), ein Museum (a museum), ein Bier (a beer). Don't we love that?

✓ For feminine nouns: You add an e to ein, making eine, for example, eine Nacht (a night), eine Adresse (an address), and eine Cousine (a female cousin).

May 16, 2012

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Thank you, great explanation!

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