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Is it der, die oder das Beil?


The correct article in German of Beil is das. So it is das Beil! (nominative case)

The word Beil is neuter, therefore the correct article is das.

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 Beil?

How does the declension of Beil 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 Beil die Beile
Genitive des Beils des Beiles der Beile
Dative dem Beil dem Beile den Beilen
Akkusative das Beil die Beile

What is the meaning of Beil in German?

Beil is defined as:

[1] Short, small, mostly in one hand to lead bats with a sharp blade (for column wood, to break down animals and to another)

[1] kurzes, kleines, meist in einer Hand zu führendes Schlagwerkzeug mit scharfer Klinge (zum Spalten von Holz, zum Zerlegen von Tieren und zu anderem)

How to use Beil in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Beil with translations in English.

[1] Der Bauer spaltet sein Brennholz mit dem Beil.

[1] The farmer splits its firewood with the hatchet

[1] „Sie ließen sich zuerst in Maryland, später dann in Pennsylvanien nieder, wo man damals am meisten in der Bibel las und vor den Beilen und Pfeilen der Wildnis nichts mehr zu befürchten hatte.“

[1] "They settled in Maryland first in Maryland, later in Pennsylvania, where you could most read the Bible at the time and had nothing to fear in front of the stires and arrows of the wilderness"

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