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Is it der, die oder das Ben?

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 Ben?

How does the declension of Ben 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) Ben die Bens
Genitive (des Ben) (des Bens) Bens der Bens
Dative (dem) Ben den Bens
Akkusative (den) Ben die Bens
siehe auch: Grammatik der deutschen Namen

What is the meaning of Ben in German?

Ben has various definitions in German:

[1] Male first name: Short form for Benjamin

[1] männlicher Vorname: Kurzform für Benjamin

[2] Additional name in Semitic languages

[2] Namenszusatz in semitischen Sprachen

How to use Ben in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Ben with translations in English.

[1] Ben ist gestern Vater geworden.

[1] Ben yesterday became a father

[2] Zum Beispiel steht im Hebräischen Jehoschua Ben Joseph für Jesus, Sohn des Joseph, oder Isa Ben Myriam ist arabisch für Jesus, Sohn der Maria.

[2] For example, Ben Joseph, Son of Joseph, or Isa Ben Myriam, is Arabic for Jesus, son of the Mariaä

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