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

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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...