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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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Ist es unhöflich, Vornamen mit Artikel zu erwähnen?

Klingt es unhöflich die Vornamen, mit einem vorgestellten Artikeln zu sagen? z.B. Der Hans ist bei der Helga.
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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 need ...
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Eines vs ein in 'Eines der Probleme'

I have found the phrase 'Eines der Probleme'.The question is: why 'eines'?I would rather expect 'ein der Probleme', since it is an indefinite article in nominative case. Example: Eines der Probleme ...
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How do I say “that” with a noun that isn’t neuter?

This question is about that and the. The sentence Ist das Geschenk für mich? means both of the following: Is the gift for me? Is that gift for me? My confusion is that that is das and the is ...
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“Sind Sie Ingenieur?” should be “Sind Sie ein Ingenieur?”

This question has also an answer in German: Wann wird ein Beruf mit dem unbestimmten Artikel verwendet? While studying for the A1 exam, I’ve stumbled upon the following sentence: “Sind Sie ...
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Where don't we use an article with God

From comments on a recent question where I commented that in the sentence given there: Ich habe eine Frage, die den Gott betrifft. we usually would not use an article with God. There was ...
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Why do some but not all countries have articles?

I can't understand why some countries have articles. For example Switzerland is a word with an article: Die Schweiz. Why then do other countries (Großbritannien for example) not have articles?
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Use of das vs die in a sentence

A german friend of mine wrote simple sentence today "Das sind beides schöne Akzente", to which I asked her, shouldn't it be "Die sind beide schöne Akzente"? She told me my version sounded wrong but ...
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Gender of German rivers?

I am curious whether there is a rule when it comes to the grammatical gender of river names. As I have understood it, non-German rivers are using der as an article, unless we are talking about those ...
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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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“Ist das” used with masculine/feminine and plurals?

Working through Schaum's German Grammar and they ask to turn "Ist das dein Kind" into the plural. The answer: Sind das deine Kinder. Why isn't it "Sind die deine Kinder" or "Sind sie deine Kinder", ...
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When article can be left out for countable nouns

In German, it is quite common to see the article left out for countable nouns, e.g., So gilt die Mietpreisbremse nicht überall, sondern nur in Gebieten mit "angespanntem Wohnungsmarkt". Es ist ...
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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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Am Samstag, dem/den

In einem Hueber-Trainer steht Folgendes: Am Samstag, den 23. Mai 2009, findet um 19.00 Uhr bei uns zu Hause ein kleines Geburtstagsfest statt, zu dem ich Sie sehr herzlich einlade. Ich dachte, ...
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Computerbegriffe mit Artikel?

Die vollständige Frage lautet: Werden die Informatik-Abstraktionen, die einen Namen haben können, wie z.B.: Dateien, Verzeichnisse, Objekte, Anwendung, usw... mit einem Artikel geschrieben? in der ...
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Is it all right to inflect magazine and newspaper names?

If I am reading the magazine "der Spiegel", should I say (a) Ich lese jetzt der Spiegel. or (b) Ich lese jetzt den Spiegel. ? It sounds weird to me to inflect a part of a proper name as in (b)...
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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 Kätzchen ...
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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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Are there any German nouns that do not have a gender?

Today I came across a German noun that does not seem to have a gender. That’s the word Jura translated as law. Usage example: In Syrien hat sie Jura und Inneneinrichtung studiert. Are there any (...
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zum oder zu einem Kaffee/Tee einladen

Is there any difference between der Kaffee/Tee and ein Kaffee/Tee when you want to invite someone for a cup of coffee/tea? Which sentence would you prefer: Darf ich Sie zum Kaffee/Tee einladen? ...
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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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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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Why are there two articles in front of a noun?

While reading a passage about language acquisition, I saw two articles in front of a single noun, and I'm a bit confused. Does it mean "to the first language" or something else, could you please ...
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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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Why do we say ”die Rechte von Minderheiten”, but “eine Tasse Tee”, without “von”?

I understand that generally when constructing a genitive phrase without an article, it is recommended to instead to use von + dative. Questions on this topic can be seen here and here. The example in ...
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Auf das/dem Konto eingehen

Was ist richtig: auf das Konto eingehen oder auf dem Konto eingehen? Ich habe verschiedene Sätze als Beispiele gefunden, aber es ist mal so, mal so, z.B.: Falls der Betrag nicht am Tag nach ...
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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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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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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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Article for “a book or two”

Suppose I want to say "a book or two" in German Ich werde morgen ein oder zwei Bücher kaufen. Is this okay? I'm wondering since "ein" doesn't go with "Bücher". If not, how could I say this phrase?
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Are there any other German nouns besides 'Joghurt' that can be any gender?

This is what Duden says about Joghurt: Joghurt, Jogurt, der, die oder das Dict.cc provides some more detail: der/[bes. österr., schweiz., südd. auch] das/[bes. ostösterr. auch] die Joghurt
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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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Ist irgendwo »auf der Wikipedia« üblich?

In einer Antwort auf eine andere Frage habe ich behauptet, dass folgende Präpositionen im Zusammenhang mit dem Nomen Wikipedia eine gute Wahl wären, wobei ich empfohlen habe, die Präposition vom Verb ...
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Article with a coordination of two nouns in different genders

When coordinating two nouns in different genders, which article should be used? I am writing the acknowledgements page in my thesis and I want to thank (in German) one of my reviewers that came from ...
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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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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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What form of “the” to use for a noun? [duplicate]

I am basically struggling to make sense of when to use the der, die, das etc. Even though all the forms are the same word, i.e. the. But when to use these forms in what condition? I even tried the ...