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Is it der, die oder das Ast?


The correct article in German of Ast is der. So it is der Ast! (nominative case)

The word Ast is masculine, therefore the correct article is der.

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 Ast?

How does the declension of Ast 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 der Ast die Äste
Genitive des Astes des Asts der Äste
Dative dem Ast dem Aste den Ästen
Akkusative den Ast die Äste

What is the meaning of Ast in German?

Ast has various definitions in German:

[1] Connection between tree trunk and branches

[1] Verbindung zwischen Baumstamm und Zweigen

[2] Approach of a branch in timber

[2] Ansatzstelle eines Astes in Bauholz

[3] colloquially, regional, no plural: back, especially hump

[3] umgangssprachlich, regional, kein Plural: Rücken, besonders Buckel

How to use Ast in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Ast with translations in English.

[1] Der Ast der alten Eiche wurde vom Sturm abgerissen.

[1] The branch of the old oak was demolished by the storm

[1] „Wir begannen tote Äste aufzusammeln, machten Lagefeuer, bauten die Zelte auf und begannen Gemüse und Pasta fürs Abendessen zu kochen.“[4]

[1] "We started picking up dead branches, made life-firer, built the tents and began to cook vegetables and pasta for dinner at" [4]

[2] Zu viele Äste mindern die Qualität eines Brettes.

[2] Too many branches reduce the quality of a board

[3] Er trug den schweren Sack scheinbar mühelos auf seinem Ast.

[3] He absorbed the heavy sack seemingly effortlessly on his ast

[3] Der alte Bettler wirkte klein und verhutzelt durch seinen Ast.

[3] The old beggar looked small and curled by his ast.

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