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

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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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Why is “der” used for both male nominative and female dative?

Der Mann hilft der Frau. Why is the same definite article used for male nouns in nominative and female nouns in dative? Is there a deep connection, or just a coincidence? Have they always been ...