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Is it der, die oder das Chicago?

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 Chicago?

How does the declension of Chicago 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 (das) Chicago
Genitive (des Chicago) (des Chicagos) Chicagos
Dative (dem) Chicago
Akkusative (das) Chicago

What is the meaning of Chicago in German?

Chicago is defined as:

[1] third largest city in the United States

[1] drittgrößte Stadt in den Vereinigten Staaten

How to use Chicago in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Chicago with translations in English.

[1] Chicago liegt am Südwestufer des Michigansees.

[1] Chicago is located on the southwestern bank of the Michiganseesese

[1] Chicago liegt im US-Bundesstaat Illinois.

[1] Chicago is located in the US state of Illinoise

[1] Chicago hat 77 Stadtbezirke.

[1] Chicago has 77 districts

[1] „Als habe jemand einen Schalter umgelegt, war es wieder da, das Charisma, das er schon in Chicago ausgestrahlt hatte.“

[1] "As if someone had put on a switch, it was back, the charisma that he had already broadcast in Chicago"

[1] „Ein bespielbares Stadion war in Chicago und Umgebung nicht zu finden, aber Halas hatte die rettende Idee.“

[1] "A playable stadium was not to be found in Chicago and the surrounding area, but Halas had the saving idea"

Pictures or photos of Chicago

[1] Skyline Chicagos
[1] Skyline Chicagos

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