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Is it der, die oder das Billion?


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

The word Billion 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 Billion?

How does the declension of Billion 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 Billion die Billionen
Genitive der Billion der Billionen
Dative der Billion den Billionen
Akkusative die Billion die Billionen

What is the meaning of Billion in German?

Billion is defined as:

[1] 1,000,000,000 = 1012 (donkey bridge: one million million or one million high two “BI-”)

[1] = 1012 (Eselsbrücke: eine Million Millionen bzw. eine Million hoch zwei gleich „bi-“);

How to use Billion in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Billion with translations in English.

[1] Eine Billion ist eine sehr hohe Zahl, die nicht in sehr vielen Kontexten auftaucht.

[1] A trillion is a very high number that does not appear in many contexts

[1] Nach Informationen der Financial Times Deutschland sprach er vor Abgeordneten der schwarz-gelben Koalition über eine Hebelung des Fonds auf maximal eine Billion Euro.

According to information from Financial Times Germany

[1] „Ich vertrieb mir die Zeit, indem ich den Schreibtisch durchsuchte, allerdings nichts fand außer fünfzig Billionen altes Inflationsgeld, das unser Lieblingswärter sammelte wie jedes andere entwertete Papiergeld.“

[1] "I drove the time by searching the desk, but nothing was found except fifty trillion old inflation money that our favorite keeper collected like any other devalued paper money" "

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