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 were 12 articles. I remember der, ein, kein, Personalpronomen, welch, solch, jen, alle, beide. Are there any more?

  • If you ask me, the articles are "der" and "ein" but you can extend the list to "der", "die", "das", "dem", "den", "des", "ein" and "eine". Anything else isn't an article at all.
    – Em1
    Jan 17, 2013 at 8:53
  • Really? So, what was I taught in class? o_0 Jan 17, 2013 at 9:00
  • Article isn't a well defined technical term. The problem doesn't just exist for German. Your inclusive definition for German would include no, this, those, yonder and possibly even few among the English articles. But these words are usually called determiners. That's a more inclusive linguistic notion. Of course in a school context it may be better to stretch a well-known term than to try introducing a new one.
    – user2183
    Sep 12, 2015 at 8:55

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Here is a good overview of all the German articles.

Der bestimmte Artikel

Kasus     | männlich | weiblich | sächlich | Plural
Nominativ | der      | die      | das      | die
Genitiv   | des      | der      | des      | der
Dativ     | dem      | der      | dem      | den
Akkusativ | den      | die      | das      | die

Der unbestimmte Artikel

Kasus     | männlich | weiblich | sächlich | Plural
Nominativ | ein      | eine     | ein      | -
Genitiv   | eines    | einer    | eines    | –
Dativ     | einem    | einer    | einem    | –
Akkusativ | einen    | eine     | ein      | –

There is also a list of Possessivartikel further down the page.

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    There's also an article on articles on English Wikipedia
    – Em1
    Jan 17, 2013 at 10:51
  • @Em1 Thanks, great addition.
    – Baz
    Jan 17, 2013 at 11:29
  • Hmm, I knew there is one. But there are some problems with this answer. First, I genuinely am confused which words are articles and which ones are not e.g. einige, viele. And second that I am not a very proficient German reader. So I don't even knoe properly what is written there! I have tried and it feels very painful. Jan 24, 2013 at 19:33
  • @AnuragKalia All of them are articles. See the comment by Em1 for the English version.
    – Baz
    Jan 24, 2013 at 19:59
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    @AnuragKalia As mentioned in my comment to your question there is only a rare set of articles in German. I'd even say we have only two articles, "der" and "ein". You can extend this list including all declension forms (although I forgot to list all declensions of "ein" in my comment above). Everything else is NOT an article. And "Possessivartikel" is a very confusing word...
    – Em1
    Jan 25, 2013 at 13:23

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