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An article is a word that precedes a noun and determines its gender.

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Article with a coordination of two nouns in different genders

When coordinating two nouns in different genders, which article should be used? I am writing the acknowledgements page in my thesis and I want to thank (in German) one of my reviewers that came from ...
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Kann man »folgende|r|s« mit Artikel schreiben?

Bitte beachten Sie folgende Regeln. Bitte beachten Sie die folgenden Regeln. Bitte beachten Sie alle Punkte der folgenden Regeln. Bitte beachten Sie alle Punkte folgender Regeln. Welche ...
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When article can be left out for countable nouns

In German, it is quite common to see the article left out for countable nouns, e.g., So gilt die Mietpreisbremse nicht überall, sondern nur in Gebieten mit "angespanntem Wohnungsmarkt". Es ist ...
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Drinks as countable nouns?

I've seen the following sentence: Wenn du heute Abend nach Hause kommst, trinken wir einen Sekt auf deine Beförderung. Why is it that Sekt has an article einen even though we cannot really count ...
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If “Mensch” is masculine, why is it “ein ehrlicher Mensch”?

Mensch is masculine, but I saw ein ehrlicher Mensch today. I have seen similar cases, but don’t understand why one must use ein.
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Das, diese(s), jene(s)

I am asking this question since I noticed something while doing EN/DE Duolingo. I am a German native myself. I would like to get a confirmation or geographical specification on this observation for ...
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(ein) flüssiges Deutsch / Englisch usw

Does the indefinite article make any difference in the phrase (ein) flüssiges Deutsch / Englisch? For example, what is the difference between: Sie spricht ein flüssiges Deutsch. Sie spricht ...
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When to translate “ein” to describe people

I know that in German the words "ein" or "eine" are often dropped when referring to a person's occupation or role. Is this always the case from a grammatical point of view? Or is it a matter of style? ...
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Indicating case for proper nouns

Consider sentences of the form (correct me if I've got them wrong): Mir ist langweilig / Es ist mir langweilig. Dem Mann ist kalt / Es ist dem Mann kalt. It's important not to use the ...
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German always needs an article even when refering to general things?

I have a question relating to the use of articles in German that I think is different in English. When people say something in general like I always wear T-shirt and jean in summer. no article ...
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“In Kontakt, in Zukunft” without article?

I usually hear Wir bleiben in Kontakt. rather than Wir bleiben im Kontakt. and also in Zukunft rather than in der Zukunft Is there a reason why these words are not used with a ...
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Which article do we use for countable units of uncountable things?

I have a question about the plural. There are countable nouns like die Banane, das Ei, die Birne, der Apfel as well as uncountable nouns der Wein, der Champagner, das Salz So when we put ...
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Article with dates necessary?

Ich arbeite hier zwischen 01. Februar und 15. März. Ich bleibe hier bis 22. April. Ich bin von 05. bis 12. Mai in Mailand. Do these sentences need articles for dates, or are they fine ...
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Pflanzen in dem/den Garten

Sie pflanzt die Küchenkräuter in _____ Garten. Should "den" or "dem" go into the blank? It is not clear to me whether "planting" counts as moving into the garden (i.e. would use "den") or as ...
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Why 'der' in 'Danke der Nachfrage'?

I've read this in a reply to a mail: Danke der Nachfrage! Why is der there and why is not für die Nachfrage instead? And is it genitive or dative? (My only guess is that we are omitting a ...
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Preposition “in”: what article to use if the following noun is masculine?

Examples with feminine and neuter genders: Ich gehe in die Schule. Ich gehe ins (in das) Restaurant. But what to use with masculine gender? Ich gehe in den Bahnhof. Is it correct to ...
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Article and preposition for foreign universities

I'm curious as to what article/preposition one should use to refer to studying at a university, such as Stanford University (in the USA). Which ones are correct if I want to say "I study at Stanford ...
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Why do some but not all countries have articles?

I can't understand why some countries have articles for example Switzerland is a die word. Why then, are other countries (Großbritannien) for example, not have an article?
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How to explain the ending -en in “dem alten Hafenviertel” if we know it's in dative?

In the phrase dem alten Hafenviertel, I have dem which is dativ of der or das, then I have alten which I suppose is the accusative of der and, at the end, I have the noun Hafenviertel which has the ...
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In or im with years and dates

When it comes to dates, I've seen both variants, like these: "Im Januar 2001 wurde das Video veröffentlicht..." "Im Jahr 1905 erschien seine Arbeit mit dem Titel..." "In 1980 schloss ...
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Mit dem Bus / mit einem Bus

I've noticed that it is far more common to say "Ich komme mit dem Bus" than to say "Ich komme mit einem Bus". So I wondered: is it ok at all to say "mit einem Bus"? if it's ok, does it have a ...
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Bus fahren - usage and grammar

Does Ich fahre Bus. mean both I drive a bus. (=I'm a bus driver.) and I ride the bus. (= I travel on a bus as a passenger.) ? Why do you use Bus with no article here?
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Wie weiß man, ob ein Fremdwort Maskulin, Feminin und Neutrum ist? [duplicate]

Ein Blog, ein Gangbang, ein Gangster und so weiter. Wie weiß man, ob ein Lehnwort Maskulin, Feminin und Neutrum ist?
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Are there some mnemonic rules to use correct articles by gender?

I speak Russian. It is quite easy in Russian to determine the gender of the word. The word termination is: o, e = it vowel = she consonant = he Of course there are some exception as in any ...
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Article for “a book or two”

Suppose I want to say "a book or two" in German Ich werde morgen ein oder zwei Bücher kaufen. Is this okay? I'm wondering since "ein" doesn't go with "Bücher". If not, how could I say this ...
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Zero article with countable nouns

I came across this sentence in Wikipedia: Eine Tasse ist ein Trinkgefäß mit Henkel, das vorrangig für Heißgetränke verwendet wird. Ein Henkel is a countable noun. In English, a singular ...
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2014 spielt Deutschland gegen Portugal, {das · der · die} zu stark ist. (Wie wählt man den Artikel?)

2014 spielt Deutschland gegen Portugal, {das · der · die} zu stark ist. Portugal ist ein Land und Land sächlich. Ist diese Kenntnis genug, um den Relativsatz richtig zu bauen? Wenn man einen ...
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Wörter mit selber Bedeutung, aber unterschiedlichen Artikeln

Mir ist heute beim Spazierengehen aufgefallen, dass die Wörter die Geldbörse, das Portemonnaie und der Geldbeutel die gleiche Bedeutung, aber unterschiedliche Artikel haben – was ich irgendwie ...
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Phrase collocation with pronouns

It's my first appearance over here, I've just taken up learning German, and I've come across with a bit of problem with a phrase: Das macht er immer. that can be translated as "He does that ...
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Is it all right to inflect magazine and newspaper names?

If I am reading the magazine "der Spiegel", should I say (a) Ich lese jetzt der Spiegel. or (b) Ich lese jetzt den Spiegel. ? It sounds weird to me to inflect a part of a proper name as ...
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“Der” oder “Die” Regex?

Ich kenne hier zwei Argumentationsweisen, wobei ich persönlich die erste bevorzuge: Regex = Regular Expression => die Expression. (Expression ist laut Duden auch ein im deutschen vorhandenes ...
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Der / Die / Das Butter?

Ein beliebtes Streitthema. Der Duden definiert Butter als feminin. Wikipedia merkt an, dass im Norddeutschen auch der männliche Artikel verwendet wird. Woher aber kommt die Verwendung des neutralen ...
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Das Quiz / Der Quiz

Der Duden sagt eindeutig Das Quiz. Aber ich bin mir ziemlich sicher, Der Quiz war (zumindest im Osten) auch in Gebrauch. Ist das regional, oder hat sich das so weiterentwickelt oder ist das Dialekt? ...
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When to use articles as in “Was für” versus “Was für ein”?

If you say Was für einen Tee möchten Sie? (with article after für), why do you say Was für Kleidung trägst du am Wochenende? and not Was für eine Kleidung trägst du am Wochenende?
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Correct usage of “beide”: does it require the article?

I didn't find any satisfactory reference about the usage of the pronoun "beide". It means "both" and probably comes from the same source too, but I'm confused about the article to use in front of it. ...
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When is it necessary to use the definite article?

I have the sentence People search the truth in science meaning that people want science to seek the truth. I don't know why but in English you don't use any article here before "people". Is it ...
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Why isn't the adjective declined just as the corresponding noun is? [closed]

Adjectives are divided into three classes according to the presence/absence of an article. But I don't understand why a certain adjective does not simply take the ending of the noun it refers to or ...
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Usage of articles with “Schule”

I read this question Articles in real life where I saw a number of comments that said that it was typical of Turks, Arabs and Slavic speakers to say something like "Ich war in Schule" or "Ich gehe in ...
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Translation Explanation: “Bist du das”

I was reading my German book, and I founded a little statement that I wasn't capable to understand. ... Plötzlich geht das Licht aus. Robert: "Wer ist da? Martha, bist du das?" Can someone ...
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What is the set of all German articles?

I have been searching for a defintive list of German articles but all such articles on the internet are flooded with introductory texts, mentioning only der und ein. As far as I can recall, there ...
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“Ich bin Neurobiologe” oder “Ich bin EIN Neurobiologe”?

Ich muss gleich vorweg sagen, dass ich selber kein Muttersprachler bin. Jedoch finde ich die Konstrukte wie ich bin ein (|Beruf- bzw. Statusbezeichnung|) etwas unnatürlich und empfinde sie als ...
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Regeln für bestimmte Artikel bei Staaten, Bundesländern und Bezirken

+ Explanation (English) I'm writing a piece of software. This software outputs a list. Each list item has meta data like the date, the author of and entry and as well the location. The location can ...
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Why it is “Eines Tages” and not simply “ein Tag”?

In a story I read recently, there was a sentence: Eines Tages fand Peter eine Schatzkarte! And I wonder why it is "Eines Tages" and not "ein Tag", because "ein Tag" is what I would say normally. ...
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How are words categorized into masculine, feminine and neutral

Recently, while learning German I came across the articles der, die and das. which are used to indicate the gender of a noun. So, categorizing the words into masculine, feminine and neutral ...
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Warum ist das Theater sächlich?

Sind nicht normalerweise alle Nomen auf -er männlich? Ist das Theater eine Ausnahme? Oder gilt hier eine andere Regel?
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When to use das/die/der and when ein/eine?

I'm just starting with German and got a bit lost when one should use das (or die/der) and when ein (eine/ein). I suppose it should be something like "a" or "the" in English depending if we're talking ...
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Articles for compound words

I was wondering, in compound words or "complex" ones, let's say, do the article matches with its last word? For example, "Kontrollakt". It's made of Kontrolle + Akt, the former being "die", and the ...
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Ist der Ausdruck “Löschen von PC” korrekt?

Es geht mir hier um Benutzerschnittstellen - als Beispiel verwende ich den "Falk Navi-Manager", ein Programm zur Übertragung von Karten auf ein Navigationsgerät. Dort gibt es u. a. die Punkte ...
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Unknown gender, known case, best guess for article would be? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I learn noun genders better? I have a habit of saying "dem" when I know something is dative but am not entirely sure of the gender. Would that be a good guess? ...
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To which extent should repetitions of “der”, “die” and “das” be avoided?

When I speak, it often happens that pronoun/article homonyms crop up after each other. So viele Katzen! Ich mag die, die den Hut trägt. Ich mag die, die die Mütze trägt. Welches ...