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Is it der, die oder das Autobahn?


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

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

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 Autobahn?

How does the declension of Autobahn 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 die Autobahn die Autobahnen
Genitive der Autobahn der Autobahnen
Dative der Autobahn den Autobahnen
Akkusative die Autobahn die Autobahnen

What is the meaning of Autobahn in German?

Autobahn is defined as:

[1] Traffic engineering, traffic: freeway built without intersections, direction-separated expressway with at least two lanes in each direction of travel

[1] Verkehrstechnik, Verkehrswesen: kreuzungsfrei gebaute, richtungsgetrennte Schnellstraße mit mindestens zwei Fahrspuren je Fahrtrichtung

How to use Autobahn in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Autobahn with translations in English.

[1] Die A 45 ist eine Autobahn von Norden nach Süden.

[1] The A 45 is a north-south motorway .

[1] Nehmen Sie die Autobahn bis Freiburg.

[1] Take the Autobahn to Freiburg.

[1] Aufgrund eines Verkehrsunfalls war gestern die Autobahn nach Berlin gesperrt.

[1] Due to a traffic accident, the autobahn to Berlin was closed yesterday.

[1] In vielen Ländern wird für die Nutzung der Autobahn eine Maut erhoben.

[1] In many countries, a toll is charged for using the motorway.

[1] Besonders zu Beginn der Schulferien steht man auf der Autobahn häufig im Stau.

[1] Especially at the beginning of the school holidays, one is often stuck in traffic jams on the motorway

[1] „Die Autobahn schlägt eine Schneise durch einen Kiefernwald.“[1]

[1] "The motorway cuts a swath through a pine forest." [1]

[1] „Er las ihr vor, bis sie die Autobahn erreichten, deren heller Strich sich wie eine Neonröhre durch die Landschaft zog.“[2]

[1] "He read to her until they reached the autobahn, the light line of which ran through the landscape like a neon tube." [2]

[1] „Bevor ich die Autobahn sah, hörte ich sie.“[3]

[1] "Before I saw the Autobahn, I heard it." [3]

[1] „Das Gerücht, dass die Erfindung der deutschen Autobahn auf Adolf Hitler zurückgeht, ist übrigens falsch.“[4]

[1] "The rumor that the invention of the German autobahn goes back to Adolf Hitler is, by the way, wrong." [4]

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Pictures or photos of Autobahn

[1] Autobahn
[1] Autobahn
[1] eine Autobahn aus der Luft (rechts)
[1] eine Autobahn aus der Luft (rechts)
[1] eine Autobahn unter einem Sonnenuntergang in Kalifornien
[1] eine Autobahn unter einem Sonnenuntergang in Kalifornien

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