What does:

der den des den die die der der des des das den

mean? It's the only thing I remember from German at school.

  • Welcome to German.SE. I'm sorry that I cannot understand what you are asking. All you listed are the german articles der, die, das with more or less correct all 4 grammatical cases in a row (nominativ, genitive, dative, accusative) for each article. So die die der der is for "die". Aug 22, 2019 at 8:43
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You slightly misremembered them, but those are the declensions of the definite articles in German. They all mean the same as the word 'the' in English, but they are used in different circumstances depending on the (grammatical) gender of the noun and how the noun is used in a sentence (as subject, (in)direct object, after a preposition).

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