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Is it der, die oder das Alte?


The correct article in German of Alte is die. So it is die Alte! (nominative case)

The word Alte is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

In Namibia, this meaning is not mutually pejorative, but in value -neutral sometimes even positive

Finding the right gender of a noun

German articles are used similarly to the English articles,a and the. However, they are declined differently (change) according to the number, gender and case of their nouns.

In the German language, the gender and therefore article is fixed for each noun.

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The most difficult part of learning the German language is the articles (der, die, das) or rather the gender of each noun. The gender of each noun in German has no simple rule. In fact, it can even seem illogical. For example das Mädchen, a young girl is neutral while der Junge, a young boy is male.

It is a good idea to learn the correct article for each new word together - even if it means a lot of work. For example learning "der Hund" (the dog) rather than just Hund by itself. Fortunately, there are some rules about gender in German that make things a little easier. It might be even nicer if these rules didn't have exceptions - but you can't have everything! The best way to learn them is with the App - Der-Die-Das Train! (available for iOS and Android)

German nouns belong either to the gender masculine (male, standard gender) with the definite article der, to the feminine (feminine) with the definite article die, or to the neuter (neuter) with the definite article das.

  • for masculine: points of the compass, weather (Osten, Monsun, Sturm; however it is: das Gewitter), liquor/spirits (Wodka, Wein, Kognak), minerals, rocks (Marmor, Quarz, Granit, Diamant);

  • for feminine: ships and airplanes (die Deutschland, die Boeing; however it is: der Airbus), cigarette brands (Camel, Marlboro), many tree and plant species (Eiche, Pappel, Kiefer; aber: der Flieder), numbers (Eins, Million; however it is: das Dutzend), most inland rivers (Elbe, Oder, Donau; aber: der Rhein);

  • for neutrals: cafes, hotels, cinemas (das Mariott, das Cinemaxx), chemical elements (Helium, Arsen; however it is: der Schwefel, masculine elements have the suffix -stoff), letters, notes, languages and colors (das Orange, das A, das Englische), certain brand names for detergents and cleaning products (Ariel, Persil), continents, countries (die artikellosen: (das alte) Europa; however exceptions include: der Libanon, die Schweiz …).

German declension of Alte?

How does the declension of Alte work in the nominative, accusative, dative and genitive cases? Here you can find all forms in the singular as well as in the plural:

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1 Singular Plural
Nominative Alte Alte
Genitive Alter Alter
Dative Alter Alten
Akkusative Alte Alte
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1 Singular Plural
Nominativ die Alte die Alten
Genitiv der Alten der Alten
Dativ der Alten den Alten
Akkusativ die Alte die Alten
gemischte Deklination (mit Possessivpronomen, »kein«, …)
1 Singular Plural
Nominativ eine Alte keine Alten
Genitiv einer Alten keiner Alten
Dativ einer Alten keinen Alten
Akkusativ eine Alte keine Alten

What is the meaning of Alte in German?

Alte has various definitions in German:

[1] Old woman

[1] alte Frau

[2] Slightly pejorative: mother

[2] leicht abwertend: Mutter

[3] Slightly pejorative: wife or partner

[3] leicht abwertend: Ehefrau oder Lebensgefährtin

[4] Youth language, 1970s: Woman of the same age

[4] Jugendsprache, 1970er: gleichaltrige Frau

How to use Alte in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Alte with translations in English.

[1] Sie hat schon mit 30 die Alte gespielt.

[1] She already played the old playing at 30

[2] Wenn meine Alte die Fünf in Mathe sieht, wird sie sich nicht sehr darüber freuen.

[2] If my old one sees the five in math, she won't be very happy about it

[3] Naja, meine Alte merkt ja nichts.

[3] Well, my old people don't notice anything

[4] Fahr zu deiner Rockerclique und sag der Alten, die du liebst, daß du sie jetzt haben willst. – Udo Lindenberg

[4] Drive to your rocker clique and tell the old one you love that you want them now - Udo Lindenberg

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