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Is it der, die oder das Brief?


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

The word Brief 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 Brief?

How does the declension of Brief 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 Brief die Briefe
Genitive des Briefs des Briefes der Briefe
Dative dem Brief dem Briefe den Briefen
Akkusative den Brief die Briefe

What is the meaning of Brief in German?

Brief is defined as:

[1] Written, locked message that is sent (usually against payment) by post or messenger

[1] geschriebene, verschlossene Mitteilung, die (meist gegen Bezahlung) per Post oder Boten verschickt wird

How to use Brief in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Brief with translations in English.

[1] Ich schreibe dir einen Brief.

[1] I'll write you a letter.

[1] Hast du den Brief, den ich dir geschrieben habe, schon geöffnet?

[1] Have you already opened the letter that I wrote you ?!

[1] „Der wahre Brief ist seiner Natur nach poetisch.“[3]

[1] “The true letter is poetic in its nature” [3]

[1] „Außerdem hatte ich ihm in einem meiner Briefe mitgeteilt, dass ich das Chemiestudium zwar zu Ende führen würde, aber dann lieber Schriftsteller werden wolle.“[4]

[1] "I had also told him in one of my letters that I would finish my chemistry studies, but would rather be a writer?" [4]

[1] „Er äußert den Wunsch, einen Brief schreiben zu wollen.“[5]

[1] "He expresses the wish to write a letter." [5]

[1] „Doch er las den Brief noch nicht.“[6]

[1] "But he did not read the letter yet." [6]

[1] „Sie legte das Geometrieheft beiseite und öffnete ungeduldig den Brief.“[7]

[1] "She put the geometry booklet aside and impatiently opened the letter." [7]

How do you pronounce Brief?

Brief (Österreich)

Pictures or photos of Brief

[1] ein Brief
[1] ein Brief

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