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Is it der, die oder das Chef?


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

The word Chef 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 Chef?

How does the declension of Chef 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 Chef die Chefs
Genitive des Chefs der Chefs
Dative dem Chef den Chefs
Akkusative den Chef die Chefs

What is the meaning of Chef in German?

Chef has various definitions in German:

[1] Male person with authority over subordinate staff, owners, superiors

[1] männliche Person mit Weisungsbefugnis über nachgeordnetes Personal, Inhaber, Vorgesetzter

[2] casually: generally for the leader or head of groups, also as a form of address

[2] salopp: allgemein für Anführer oder Oberhaupt von Gruppen auch als Anrede

How to use Chef in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Chef with translations in English.

[1] Ihr Chef ist ein sehr umgänglicher Mensch.

[1] Your boss is a very easygoing person

[2] Nach dem Tod des Vaters ist jetzt Romero der Chef der Familie.

[2] After the death of his father, Romero is now the head of the family.

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