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Is it der, die oder das Basics?

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 Basics?

How does the declension of Basics 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 Basics
Genitive der Basics
Dative den Basics
Akkusative die Basics

What is the meaning of Basics in German?

Basics has various definitions in German:

[1] The basics of something

[1] die Grundlagen von etwas

[2] Fashion: clothing and accessories that are independent of the fashion trend

[2] Mode: Kleidungsstücke und Accessoires, die vom Modetrend unabhängig sind

How to use Basics in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Basics with translations in English.

[1] Bei diesem Lehrgang können Sie die Basics des Marketings erlernen.

[1] With this course you can learn the basics of marketing

[1] „Die Piaf gehört zu den Basics ehemaliger französischer Kolonien.“

[1] "PIAF is one of the Basics of former French colonies"

[2] Weiße Bluse und schwarze Pumps gehören als Basics bei jeder Frau in den Kleiderschrank.

[2] White blouse and black pumps belong as basics in every woman in the wardrobe

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