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

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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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Wann wird ein Beruf mit dem unbestimmten Artikel verwendet? Beispiel: “Ich bin Neurobiologe” oder “Ich bin ein Neurobiologe”?

Ich muss gleich vorweg sagen, dass ich selber kein Muttersprachler bin. Jedoch finde ich 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 ...
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Verwendung von “zum” vs. “zu dem”

Gibt es noch mehr Regeln als die folgenden, wann nur die Kontraktion und wann nur die expandierte Form verwendet werden kann? 1. Wenn auf das "dem" eine Satzgruppe folgt, kann nicht kontrahiert ...
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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 ...
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Articles in real life

I have a question about articles in German. Is it ok to drop them from a sentence? For example, is this a weird sentence? Ich war in Schule. or Ich gehe in Schule. In Polish there is no ...