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Is it der, die oder das City?


The correct article in German of City is die. So it is die City! (nominative case)

The word City is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

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 City?

How does the declension of City 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 die City die Citys
Genitive der City der Citys
Dative der City den Citys
Akkusative die City die Citys

What is the meaning of City in German?

City has various definitions in German:

[1] General, in the German -speaking area: downtown, central business district of a mostly larger city, city center

[1] allgemein, im deutschen Sprachraum: Innenstadt, zentrales Geschäftsviertel einer, meist größeren Stadt, Stadtzentrum

[2] In the English -speaking world: big city

[2] im englischen Sprachraum: Großstadt

[3] in the English -speaking world: historical city with a bishopric and cathedral regardless of the size

[3] im englischen Sprachraum: historische Stadt mit Bischofssitz und Kathedrale unabhängig von der Größe

[4] In the English -speaking world: City with royal certificate and ceremonial privileges

[4] im englischen Sprachraum: Stadt mit königlicher Urkunde und zeremoniellen Privilegien

How to use City in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using City with translations in English.

[1 - 4] Ich gehe am Samstag wieder in die City mich umschauen.

[1 - 4] I'm going back into the city on Saturday

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