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Is it der, die oder das Basketball?


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

The word Basketball 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 Basketball?

How does the declension of Basketball 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 Basketball die Basketbälle
Genitive des Basketballes des Basketballs der Basketbälle
Dative dem Basketball dem Basketballe den Basketbällen
Akkusative den Basketball die Basketbälle

What is the meaning of Basketball in German?

Basketball has various definitions in German:

[1] No plural: team sport in which a ball is to be thrown into an open basket from above

[1] kein Plural: Mannschaftssport, bei dem ein Ball in einen offenen Korb von oben durchgeworfen werden soll

[2] The ball used for [1]

[2] der für [1] verwendete Ball

How to use Basketball in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Basketball with translations in English.

[1] Die Jugendlichen spielen nachmittags auf dem Schulhof Basketball.

[1] The youngsters play in the afternoon at the Basketballe school yard

[1] „Handball und Basketball spielen in Island eine viel größere Rolle.“

[1] "Handball and basketball play a much larger role in Iceland"

[2] Der Basketball ist meistens orange.

[2] Basketball is mostly orange

[2] Ich habe drei neue Basketbälle gekauft, doch drei Tage später waren zwei bereits verschwunden.

[2] I bought three new basket balls, but three days later two were already disappeared

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Pictures or photos of Basketball

[1] Basketballspiel
[1] Basketballspiel

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