Nouns, Gender and Articles in German

German Nouns

A noun in Grammar can be a person, place,thing or idea. Whatever that can be named becomes a noun in Grammar. “Peter”,”Berlin”,”Chair”,”Nationalism” are all nouns in English. German nouns do not differ very much from English nouns. Like English nouns, German nouns have three genders

  1. Masculine
  2. Feminine
  3. Neuter

An important difference between English nouns and German nouns is that German nouns are always capitalized in a sentence. Whether the noun is at the beginning of the sentence or at the end, the first letter of the noun is always capitalized.

Der Mann und die Frau (The man and the woman).

Mein Bruder ist Lehrer (My brother is a teacher)

German Articles

There are two types of articles in English.

  1. Definite article = “The”
  2. Indefinite articles = “A” or “An”

These two types of articles exist in German too, but they are a bit more complicated.

German has different articles for different genders. These articles change in different cases to (See German cases)

Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Definite articles Der Die Das Die
Indefinite articles Ein Eine Ein -

Learn Articles with examples :  Lessons on German pronouns and articles

More examples:

Masculine Feminine Neuter Plural
Der Mann(the man) Die Frau(the woman) Das Auto(the car) Die Männer(the men)
Der Lehrer(the teacher) Die Lehrerin(the teacher) Das Buch(the book) Die Bücher(the books)
Der Vater(the father) Der Mutter(the mother) Das Büro(the office) Die Autos(the cars)
Ein Mann(a man) Eine Frau(a woman) Ein Auto(a car)  Männer( men)
Ein Lehrer(a teacher) Eine Lehrerin(a teacher (f)) Ein Buch(a book)  Bücher( books)
Ein Vater(a father) Eine Mutter(a mother) Ein Büro(an office)  Autos( cars)



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