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Is it der, die oder das Bleistift?


The correct article in German of Bleistift is der. So it is der Bleistift! (nominative case)

The word Bleistift is masculine, therefore the correct article is der.

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 Bleistift?

How does the declension of Bleistift 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 Bleistift die Bleistifte
Genitive des Bleistifts des Bleistiftes der Bleistifte
Dative dem Bleistift dem Bleistifte den Bleistiften
Akkusative den Bleistift die Bleistifte

What is the meaning of Bleistift in German?

Bleistift is defined as:

[1] Writing implement made of wood with a lead made of graphite

[1] Schreibgerät aus Holz mit einer Mine bestehend aus Graphit

How to use Bleistift in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Bleistift with translations in English.

[1] Schreibt bitte mit Bleistift, damit ihr eure Fehler wieder ausradieren könnt.

[1] Please write in pencil so that you can erase your mistakes .

[1] „Solowjew spielte mit einem Bleistift von Hoffmans Schreibtisch.“[2]

[1] "Soloviev played with a pencil from Hoffman's desk." [2]

[1] „Er nahm einen weichen Bleistift und zeichnete mit feinen Linien die Konturen.“[3]

[1] "He took a soft pencil and drew the contours with fine lines." [3]

[1] „Um den Schreibfluss dadurch nicht aufzuhalten, muss immer ein neuer gespitzter Bleistift griffbereit sein.“[4]

[1] "In order not to slow down the flow of writing, a new, sharpened pencil must always be close at hand ." [4]

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