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Is it der, die oder das Bekannte?


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

The word Bekannte 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 Bekannte?

How does the declension of Bekannte work in the nominative, accusative, dative and genitive cases? Here you can find all forms in the singular as well as in the plural:

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1 Singular Plural
Nominative Bekannte Bekannte
Genitive Bekannter Bekannter
Dative Bekannter Bekannten
Akkusative Bekannte Bekannte
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1 Singular Plural
Nominativ die Bekannte die Bekannten
Genitiv der Bekannten der Bekannten
Dativ der Bekannten den Bekannten
Akkusativ die Bekannte die Bekannten
gemischte Deklination (mit Possessivpronomen, »kein«, …)
1 Singular Plural
Nominativ eine Bekannte keine Bekannten
Genitiv einer Bekannten keiner Bekannten
Dativ einer Bekannten keinen Bekannten
Akkusativ eine Bekannte keine Bekannten

What is the meaning of Bekannte in German?

Bekannte has various definitions in German:

[1] A female person who knows someone and knows him without both friends being friendly

[1] eine weibliche Person, die jemand kennt und die ihn kennt, ohne dass beide befreundet sind

[2] Obsolete: Partner in a love relationship

[2] veraltet: Partnerin in einer Liebesbeziehung

How to use Bekannte in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Bekannte with translations in English.

[1] Eine Bekannte von mir hat auch so ein Kleid.

[1] A friend of mine also has such a dress

[1] „Neulich bei einem Abendessen hinter bodentiefen Fenstern mokierte sich eine Bekannte über all jene, die mit der EU nichts anfangen können.“[1]

[1] "Recently at a dinner behind floor depth windows, a well-known over all those who can not do with the EU" [1]

[2] Ich will noch zu meiner Bekannten.

[2] I still want to my friend

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