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Is it der, die oder das Altona?

The article is needed if "Altona" in a certain quality, at a certain time or period as a subject or object in the sentence, is otherwise, i.e. usually, no article is used.

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 Altona?

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

1 Singular Plural
Nominative (das) Altona
Genitive (des Altona) (des Altonas) Altonas
Dative (dem) Altona
Akkusative (das) Altona

What is the meaning of Altona in German?

Altona has various definitions in German:

[1] District and two districts (Altona-Altstadt and Altona-Nord) from Hamburg, until 1937 Independent big city

[1] Stadtbezirk und zwei Stadtteile (Altona-Altstadt und Altona-Nord) von Hamburg, bis 1937 selbständige Großstadt

[2] District of the municipality of Eldena in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania

[2] Ortsteil der Gemeinde Eldena in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

[3] Five locations in North America and Australia

[3] fünf Orte in Nordamerika und Australien

How to use Altona in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Altona with translations in English.

[1] Die wahre Schönheit, das ist Neapel und der Posilipo, das ist die Umgebung von Dresden, sind die niedergelegten Wälle von Leipzig, die Elbe bei Altona, der Genfer See. - (Stendhal, Das Leben des Henry Brulard)

[1] The true beauty, that is Naples and the Posilipo, that is the surroundings of Dresden, are the laid walls of Leipzig, the Elbe near Altona, the Geneva Sea - (Stendhal, The Life of Henry Brulard)

[1] das Altona der Dänenzeit

[1] The Altona of Danish time

[1–3] Es gibt sieben Altonas.

[1–3] There are seven Altonae

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