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Is it der, die oder das Colombo?

The article is needed if "Colombo" in a certain quality, at a certain point in time or period as a subject or object in the sentence, is otherwise, i.e. normally, 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 Colombo?

How does the declension of Colombo 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) Colombo
Genitive (des Colombo) (des Colombos) Colombos
Dative (dem) Colombo
Akkusative (das) Colombo

What is the meaning of Colombo in German?

Colombo is defined as:

[1] de facto capital of Sri Lanka

[1] de facto Hauptstadt von Sri Lanka

How to use Colombo in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Colombo with translations in English.

[1] „Colombo ist seit dem 5. Jahrhundert als Hafenstadt bekannt, die unter anderem römischen, arabischen und chinesischen Händlern als Station diente.“

[1] "Colombo has been known as a port city since the 5th century, which, among other things, served Roman, Arab and Chinese dealers as a station."

[1] „Im 16. Jahrhundert nahmen die Portugiesen einige Küstengebiete Sri Lankas, unter anderem Colombo und seinen Hafen, in Besitz.“

[1] "The Portuguese took possession of some coastal areas of Sri Lanka, including Colombo and his port, in the 16th century."

[1] „In Sri Lankas Hauptstadt Colombo hat am Mittwoch eine Regierungskommission ihre Arbeit aufgenommen, die sich mit den letzten Jahren des Bürgerkriegs gegen die Rebellen der Befreiungstiger für Tamil Eelam (LTTE) befasst.“

[1] "In Sri Lanka's capital Colombo, a government commission started its work on Wednesday, which deals with the last years of the civil war against the rebels of the liberated tigers for Tamil Eelam (ltte)"

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