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Is it der, die oder das China?


The correct article in German of China is das. So it is das China! (nominative case)

The word China is neuter, therefore the correct article is das.

The article is needed if "China" in a certain quality, at a certain time or period as a subject or object in the sentence, is otherwise, i.e. usually, no article is used.

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 China?

How does the declension of China 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) China
Genitive (des China) (des Chinas) Chinas
Dative (dem) China
Akkusative (das) China

What is the meaning of China in German?

China has various definitions in German:

[1] State in East Asia

[1] Staat in Ostasien

[2] Especially in the period between 1912 and 1949: The Republic of Chinese today is known to the state of this name as Taiwan

[2] besonders in der Zeit zwischen 1912 und 1949: die Republik China; heute ist der Staat dieses Namens als Taiwan bekannt

[3] Summary name for the area of ​​[1] and [2]

[3] zusammenfassende Bezeichnung für das Gebiet von [1] und [2]

[4] Historically: The Empire China

[4] historisch: das Kaiserreich China

How to use China in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using China with translations in English.

[1] China ist ein großes, ostasiatisches und weltweit das bevölkerungsreichste Land mit einer sehr weit in die Vergangenheit zurückreichenden Kultur.

[1] China is a large, East Asian and the most populous country worldwide with a culture that has been passed very far into the past

[1] Peking ist die Hauptstadt von China.

[1] Beijing is the capital of Chinaä

[1] „Ein Schweizer Doktorand twittert kritisch über China. Danach will seine Professorin an der Universität St. Gallen nichts mehr mit ihm zu tun haben – sie fürchtet, kein Visum mehr zu bekommen.“

[1] "A Swiss doctoral student tweeted critically about Chinese afterwards his professor at the University of St. Gallen no longer wants to have anything to do with him - fears not to get a visa anymore."

[1] „Bildung ist zentral für Chinas globale Machtstrategie.“

[1] "Education is central to China's global power strategy"

[1] „[…] manche Wissenschafterinnen und Wissenschafter [sind] bereit, sich und andere einzuschränken, um China nicht zu verärgern.“

[1] "[…] Some scientists are ready to limit themselves and others so as not to anger China"

[1] „Weil die Familie seiner Partnerin in China lebt und mit Repressionen rechnet, wenn sein Name in der Zeitung steht, möchte er anonym bleiben.“

[1] "Because the family lives in China and expects repression when his name is in the newspaper, he wants to stay anonymous" "

[1] „China hat deutlich an Attraktivität für ausländische Investoren verloren.“

[1] "China has lost significantly attractiveness for foreign investors"

[1] [Coronapandemie 2022:] „China hat Probleme zu liefern, auch wegen der Lockdowns ganzer Städte.“

[1] [Coronapandemie 2022:] "China has problems to deliver, also because of the Lockdowns entire Cities" "

[1] [Portugal:] „Neue Kunden und interessierte Unternehmen aus Europa, die bislang ihre Produktion in China hatten, rufen an.“

[1] [Portugal:] "New customers and interested companies from Europe that have so far had their production in China call"

[2] Nachdem Japan den Krieg verloren hatte, kam Taiwan 1945 wieder zu China.

[2] After Japan lost the war, Taiwan came back to Chinese in 1945

[1, 2] Es gibt zwei China[s].

[1, 2] There are two China [S] Ä

[3, 4] König Zheng von Qin (246–210 v.Chr.) war der erste Herrscher über ein geeinigtes China.

[3, 4] King Zheng von Qin (246–210 Vächr.) Was the first ruler of an agreed China.

[1, 3] Die Chinesen nennen ihr Land China das „Reich der Mitte“.

[1, 3] The Chinese call their land of China the "Reich der Mitte" Ä

[4] Der Name China leitet sich vom Wort für das Reich Qin (Ch’in) ab, das während der „Zeit der streitenden Reiche“ (481–249 v.Chr.) entstand.

[4] The name China is derived from the word for the Reich qin (Ch’in), which was created during the "time of the dispute" (481–249 Cächr.).

How do you pronounce China?

China (Österreich)

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