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Is it der, die oder das Basel?

The article is needed if "Basel" 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 Basel?

How does the declension of Basel 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) Basel
Genitive (des Basel) (des Basels) Basels
Dative (dem) Basel
Akkusative (das) Basel

What is the meaning of Basel in German?

Basel has various definitions in German:

[1] A city in Switzerland

[1] eine Stadt in der Schweiz

[2] Name of two Swiss half-cantons (Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft)

[2] Name zweier Schweizer Halbkantone (Basel-Stadt, Basel-Landschaft)

How to use Basel in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Basel with translations in English.

[1] Basel ist der grösste Messeplatz der Schweiz.

[1] Basel is the largest exhibition center in Switzerland

[1] „Die ehemaligen Römerstädte Köln, Mainz, Worms, Speyer, Straßburg und Basel gewannen wirtschaftliche Bedeutung, seit der Warenaustausch mit Italien nicht mehr hauptsächlich über Marseille und Fos auf dem Seeweg, sondern immer mehr über die Alpenpässe abgewickelt wurde.“

[1] "The former Roman cities of Cologne, Mainz, Worms, Speyer, Strasbourg and Basel gained economic importance, since the exchange of goods with Italy no longer mainly through Marseille and FOS on the sea route, but more and more through the Alpine passes" was carried out "

[1] „Wir erzählen, dass wir in Basel waren und dass es dort eine richtige Badekultur gebe.“

[1] "We say that we were in Basel and that there is a real bathing culture there"

[2] Da Baselstadt und Basellandschaft nur Halbkantone sind, haben sie nur je einen Sitz im Ständerat zugute.

[2] Since Baselstadt and Basell landscape are only semi -cantons, they only have one seat in the Council of States

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