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Is it der, die oder das Birne?


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

The word Birne is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

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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 Birne?

How does the declension of Birne 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 Birne die Birnen
Genitive der Birne der Birnen
Dative der Birne den Birnen
Akkusative die Birne die Birnen

What is the meaning of Birne in German?

Birne has various definitions in German:

[1] fruit tree type (pyrus)

[1] Obstbaumart (Pyrus)

[2] Green-yellowish fruit of this fruit tree

[2] grün-gelbliche Frucht dieses Obstbaumes

[3] colloquially: head

[3] umgangssprachlich: Kopf

[4] Short for: light bulb

[4] kurz für: Glühbirne

[5] "Explanted, thickened connection between the mouthpiece and tube of the clarinet"

[5] „auswechselbares, verdicktes Verbindungsstück zwischen Mundstück und Röhre der Klarinette“

How to use Birne in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Birne with translations in English.

[1] Die Birne blüht früher als der Apfel.

[1] The pear blooms earlier than the apple

[2] Ich esse lieber Birnen als Äpfel.

[2] I prefer to eat pears than apples

[2] Herr von Ribbeck auf Ribbeck im Havelland: […] Und kam die goldene Herbsteszeit, - Und die Birnen leuchteten weit und breit, - Da stopfte, wenn’s Mittag vom Thurme scholl, - Der von Ribbeck sich beide Taschen voll - […]

[2] Herr von Ribbeck on Ribbeck in the Havelland: […] and came the golden autumn time, - and the pears shone far and wide, - when it was lunch from the Thurme Scholl, - who is full of Ribbeck both pockets - [... ]

[3] Er hat nichts in der Birne.

[3] He has nothing in the pear

[3] Wer keine weiche Birne hat, kauft harte Äpfel aus Halberstadt.

[3] If you don't have a soft pear, buy hard apples from Halberstadtä

[4] „Oh, die Lampe geht nicht mehr, ich muss die Birne wechseln.“

[4] "Oh, the lamp no longer works, I have to change the pear"

[4] Dank des Preisverfalls werden die innovativen [LED-]Birnen bald zum Massenprodukt, Experten prognostizieren dies schon für das nächste Jahr.

[4] Thanks to the drop in prices, the innovative [LED] pears will soon become a mass product, experts are already predicting this for the next century

[4] „Auf sein Banjo war in Schwarz eine Szene am Palmenstrand gemalt, und innen waren rote, gelbe und grüne elektrische Birnen, die aufflackerten und erloschen, während er spielte.“

[4] "A scene on the palm beach was painted on his banjo in black, and inside was red, yellow and green electric pears, the flicker and gone while he played"

[5] „Es kann durchaus sein, daß die eine Klarinette eines Satzes eine engere und die andere Klarinette eine weitere Bohrung der Birne benötigt.“

[5] "It may well be that one clarinet of a sentence and the other clarinet requires another bore of the pear"

How do you pronounce Birne?

Birne (Österreich)

Pictures or photos of Birne

[1] eine Birne in der Blütezeit
[1] eine Birne in der Blütezeit
[2] eine gelbe Birne
[2] eine gelbe Birne
[4] eine brennende 40-Watt-Birne
[4] eine brennende 40-Watt-Birne

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