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Is it der, die oder das Athen?

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 Athen?

How does the declension of Athen 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) Athen
Genitive (des Athen) (des Athens) Athens
Dative (dem) Athen
Akkusative (das) Athen

What is the meaning of Athen in German?

Athen is defined as:

[1] Capital of Greece

[1] Hauptstadt Griechenlands

How to use Athen in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Athen with translations in English.

[1] Die Olympischen Spiele 2004 fanden in Athen statt.

[1] The 2004 Olympic Games were given in Athens

[1] Den Höhepunkt seines politischen und kulturellen Einflusses erreichte Athen als Attische Demokratie und Führungsmacht im attischen Seebund während des 5. und 4. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. (klassische Zeit).

[1] Athens reached the highlight of his political and cultural influence as an Attic democracy and leadership in the Attic Seebund during the 5 and 4th century BC. Chr. (Classic time).

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Pictures or photos of Athen

[1] Die Akropolis in Athen
[1] Die Akropolis in Athen

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