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Artikel – on the German articles *der, die, das, ein* (and their declensions). Do not use for question about finding out the grammatical gender of something.

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Is it genitive case in this sentence? Then why doesn't it get the genitive article?

Das ist eine Art ehrenamtliches Engagement. This is translated to English as: That is a kind of volunteer work. That is why I think that eine Art ehrenamtliches Engagement is genitive. But why ...
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Steht vor einem Firmennamen ein Artikel, wenn die Rechtsform weggelassen wird?

Beispiel Nehmen wir an, die Firma heißt Buntstifte KG, aber in diesen Sätzen wurde ihre Rechtsform weggelassen. Sollte jetzt vor dem Firmennamen ein Artikel stehen? Buntstifte ist eines der ...
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Using articles with language names: “Deutsch” or “das Deutsch”? [duplicate]

Is it correct to use the article "das" in the following sentence? Why (not)? Er spricht akzentfrei das Deutsch.
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How to say “he is a postdoc researcher in philosophy” in German?

Er ist ein postdoc Forscher in/für Philosophie. Does it require "ein"? Should it be Postdoc-Forscher or separate? And should I use in or für?
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Why are there two articles here?

Mit den Französischbüchern in der einen Hand und dem Kaffee in der anderen Hand öffnet sie die Tür des Lehrerzimmers und... Why are there the two boldfaced articles here?
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Do I need articles in the shopping list?

I have a sentence Kaufe ich oft Hüttenkäse, Äpfel, Fleisch, Saft, Joghurt, Nudeln, Reis, Tee, Kekse, Brot. What kind of definite articles do I need to use there and do I need to use them at all?
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Whether to use an article with certain nouns

I want to ask a question about whether to use an article (Ein/Eine/Der/Die/Das) with weapons and such. The abbreviations used in my question: Rutschnoi Protiwotankowy Granatomjot (RPG) RIFLE 5.56-MM,...
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“Den” oder “an den”?

Welcher Satz ist richtig? Die Produkte, die Sie an den Organisationen anbieten oder Die Produkte, die Sie den Organisationen anbieten Und wieso? Further context: there is a company I want to ...
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The case for “article + adjective + noun” combination?

The fact that, concerning the same case as well as the same gender, articles and adjectives does not always follow the same pattern (i.e., don't get the same ending) is a bit hard to understand. I ...
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Is the use of a female noun suffix dependent on the usage of the indefinite article?

Would it be more normal, as a woman, to say 'Ich bin Europäer', rather than 'Ich bin Europäerin'? Is it that 'Ich bin Europäer' is correct, and if one wished to use 'Europäerin' one would rather use ...
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When an indefinite article is called for [duplicate]

Although I have asked a similar question before I am going to try again to improve my understanding. A recent Slow German podcast has the sentence Einstein unterrichtete an der deutschen Uni in ...
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When to use an article with a noun and when not

Slow German Podcast #183 has the following sentence: Als Geheimdienst versuchte die Stasi herauszufinden, ob das Ausland der DDR gefährlich werden könnte. No article before Geheimdienst. Adding an ...
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Akkusativ oder Nominativ und Formulierung bei einer Bestellung

Als ich in einem Hotel war, hat mich die Kellnerin gefragt, ob ich etwas trinken möchte. Ich habe auf Englisch geantwortet: "A cappuccino, please" und ich war mir nicht sicher, wie ich das auf ...
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May I say “die Kotlin” (programming language)?

Talking of a programming language, which definite article one supposed to use? As far as I understand, Programmiersprache is feminine, does that actually mean that I should say "die Kotlin" or "die ...
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Namen von Flüssen außerhalb Europas: alle maskulin? [duplicate]

Stimmt die Regel "Namen von Flüssen außerhalb Europas sind maskulin"? Fallen euch Ausnahmen ein? Danke.
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Question regarding the genitive and “bestimmte” articles

Simple question: I have seen people saying this in different ways, but the correct way of writing it in terms of standard German would be: Am Anfang dieses Jahres Am Anfang jedes Jahres ...
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What kind of word is `im` in the below sentence [closed]

What kind of word is im in the below sentence? Arbeiten Sie zu zweit. Sehen sie das Bildlexikon an und schreiben Sie fünf Sätze wie im Beispiel.
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Easy way of determining genders of nouns [duplicate]

I'm having my German exam tomorrow and I'd like to know if there was an easy way or a shortcut of determining the gender of a given noun. There are millions of nouns and each time a new noun comes up ...
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Prepositional Phrases between an Article or a Demonstrative Adjective and its Noun

Is the sentence Sei f eine auf diesem Intervall Funktion. grammatically correct? If so, what are the rules that govern such constructions and is this sentence better than the following one?: ...
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Is “de” really a common substitute for “der,” “die,” and “das” in colloquial speech?

In this article, Matt Crossman of Thrillist claims to have been told the following by a German journalist: [he] told me that even Germans don’t how to use der, die, das, so they just cheat and say ...
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(Die) Menschen sind entspannter in St. Petersburg

Wie kann ich einer Tandempartnerin erklären, warum man im folgenden letzten Satz den Artikel "Die" nicht weglassen darf? "Die Uhren gehen in St. Petersburg etwas langsamer. Die Menschen sind ...
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Which form is correct: “Ein Moment” or “Einen Moment” [duplicate]

I have seen Einen Moment! almost all the time and I can't comprehend why it is written like this when at the start of a sentence?
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Why is the sentence “Das ist eine Nase” correct?

I'm doing some homework, in which we have pictures and we have to complete the sentences like "Ist das ein Salat?" - "Nein, das ist kein Salat. Das ist ein Bus." In the example above, both Salat and ...
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Are multiple articles needed in genitive list?

If the English sentence were It was a time of happiness, peace and joy. would the German be the following? Es war eine Zeit des Glücks, des Friedens und der Freude That seems clumsy to me, ...
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Artikel of “McDonald's”

I was thinking about how to ask a question like Wo ist der nächste McDonald's? and I thought initially this was the correct way of going about it, but then I was left wondering what would the ...
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“in Hinblick auf” vs. “im Hinblick auf”

Beides sei laut Duden zulässig und die Variante mit "im" sei gebräuchlicher. Alle, die "in Hinblick auf" als falsch ansehen sowie die, die behaupten, es gäbe keinen Unterschied (evtl. außer der ...
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Need for indefinite article “Anna ist Studentin: sie studiert Kunst”

I asked a cousin about her friend Anna in German and she responded: Anna ist Studentin: Sie studiert Kunst But I thought this was grammatically incorrect due to a lack of an indefinite article: ...
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explain Adjektive without Artikel and is it optional? [closed]

example der schinken roher feminin die milch kalte milch is this optional or we forced to use it in some cases ?
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Warum gibt es einen Artikel in “das einzige, was”?

Aber das war nicht das einzige, was du mir versprochen hast. Aber das war nicht einzige, was du mir versprochen hast. Brauche ich hier einen Artikel und wenn ja, warum?
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Genders of place names “Die Niagarafälle”

I was reading about Geography in German and the following sentence appeared: Die Niagarafälle sind bekannte Wasserfälle zwischen den USA und Kanada. Now, with specific nouns regarding places (...
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Indefinite article with Zeit

I was reading a sentence from a friend about apartments: Mein Bruder hat lange Zeit in einer Mietwohnung gelebt. Now, translating this to myself I thought this meant My brother has lived a long ...
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Difference between 'Ich esse Pizza' and 'Ich esse EINE Pizza'

I am learning with duolingo and wondering why they say Ich esse Pizza without the indefinite article. Shouldn't they say Ich esse eine Pizza because Pizza is feminine (die Pizza) so in ...
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Warum gibt es keinen Artikel in »fährt Boot«?

Es dämmert noch, aber man sitzt schon am Flussufer und angelt. Die Sonne geht auf, man badet und legt sich in die Sonne, fährt Boot. Warum nicht "fährt Boote" oder "fährt ein Boot"?
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Use/omission of the definite article with seasons of the year

If I want to say in German: "Summer is the warmest season, and winter is the coldest," do I need to include the definite article before each season, or can the definite articles be omitted? ...
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How to say “I can read that book in one day” (stressing one)

Do we just say Ich kann das Buch an einem Tag lesen. ? It sounds like I can read the book in any one day. (or someday) But if I want to stress that I can read the book in ONE day (not two ...
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Trouble understanding why this sentence went to Dative

Here is a quote from Siddhartha from which I am having a little trouble understanding the declension of the article in bold: "Im Schatten des Hauses, in der Sonne des Flußufers bei den Booten, im ...
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Definite / Nullartikel with general notions

I'm a young scholar in Germany, who is non-native speaker. I dare to say that I'm fluent in German. I'm currently working on my thesis and came across such cases of article usage, where one cannot say ...
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Why not article before “Verbindungen” in this sentence?

In the following sentence, why does "Verbindungen" not have any article? Moskau übt keine direkte Kontrolle auf die hiesige Kirche aus, unterhält aber enge Verbindungen zu dieser.
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Why “Mit Karte” has no article?

In supermarkets in Germany I often hear "Mit Karte" as an answer to how I want to pay. And the question I think usually sounds like "Wie wollen Sie zahlen? Mit Karte oder bar?" So the question is why ...
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Weglassen eines Artikels nach einem “und”

Ist bei einem Satz nach Schema (hier Nominalstil) Konflikt als Folge der Expansionspolitik und der Aufrüstung Chinas das zweite "der" unwichtig oder grammatikalisch notwendig?
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Omitting an article before countable nouns [duplicate]

I have seen some sentences in the last few days that have raised the question - Is it possible or perhaps obligatory to omit an article before countable nouns? For example in these sentences in ...
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mit großem Balkon - no article?

Is there a rule to when you can omit the indefinite article in German? (obviously you can when there is an uncountable noun) Balkon is a countable noun so I would expect it to be : [...] mit einem ...
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Computerscience Branch definite Article ( Gender ) [duplicate]

Which definite Article is correctly used for the word "branch"? Examples: "Ich werde die Branch auschecken." or "Ich werde den Branch auschecken." I am a german native speaker, but I can't really ...
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Pluralis Majestatis?

Lässt sich bei dieser Widmungsgravur der Artikel "den" vor Kaiser durch Pluralis Majestatis erklären? Wenn so, warum steht dann auch nicht seiner Majestät in Plural (seinen Majestäten)? Ich habe hier ...
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Question about Article in German sentences [closed]

I have just started to learn German by myself. I want to know which one of the following sentences is grammatically correct and why? Wir brauchen Brot und Käse. Wir brauchen das Brot und den Käse. ...
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Using “der eine” and “der andere” to refer to sisters

In an example sentence for the adjective "verschieden", I have Die Geschwister sind sehr verschieden: der eine ist fröhlich, der andere sehr ruhig. Now, as I understand it, both "der eine" and "...
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Johannes Nazaräer? (Articles)

The Nazarener were a 19th century German religious art movement. Preferring Nazaräer to Nazarener (because Nazarener is commonly thought to derive etymologically from the geographical Nazaret), how ...
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…, die Gegenstand ist?

I am a beginner in German and this is my first post. I encounter the following sentence in a German article: In vielen Fällen folgt diese Eigenschaft aus Satz 1, die Gegenstand dieses Kapitels ist....
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Article before preposition

Article before preposition I can not understand why before preposition there is article, preposition has not gender so how to choose it ? example: "der innerhalb" in these sentences: Nach der ...
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In ein oder einer bis zwei Stunden?

Ich stehe gerade vor der Überlegung, welche der folgenden Alternativen korrekt sind: In ein bis zwei Stunden / In einer bis zwei Stunden und Ein oder zwei Stunden lang / Eine oder zwei Stunden ...