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Is it der, die oder das Dorn?

DER

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

The word Dorn 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 Dorn?

How does the declension of Dorn 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 1 Plural 2 Plural 3
Nominative der Dorn die Dornen die Dörner die Dorne
Genitive des Dorns des Dornes der Dornen der Dörner der Dorne
Dative dem Dorn den Dornen den Dörnern den Dornen
Akkusative den Dorn die Dornen die Dörner die Dorne

What is the meaning of Dorn in German?

Dorn has various definitions in German:

Botany: a stinging structure on a plant sitting at the site of an organ

[1] Botanik: ein stechendes Gebilde an einer Pflanze, das an der Stelle eines Organs sitzt

[2] Technology, crafts, plural 3: a tool that consists of a pointed round steel

[2] Technik, Handwerk, Plural 3: ein Werkzeug, das aus einem spitz zulaufenden Rundstahl besteht

[3] Mostly in the plural: impenetrable scrubs reinforced with stinging plants

[3] meist im Plural: undurchdringliches, mit stechenden Pflanzen bewehrtes Gestrüpp

[4] figurative: something painful, unbearable, disgusting

[4] bildlich: etwas Schmerzliches, Unerträgliches, Widerwärtiges

How to use Dorn in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Dorn with translations in English.

[1] Ein Kaktus hat keine Stacheln, sondern Dornen, während eine Rose keine Dornen, sondern Stacheln hat.

[1] A cactus has no spines, but thorns, while a rose no thorns, but spikes Hat.

[1] „Erst jetzt merken wir, wie gründlich zerkratzt wir sind, wie überall im Haar, in der Haut, in den Kleidern noch die Dornen stecken.“[3]

[1] "Only now do we realize how thoroughly scratches we are, like everywhere in the hair, in the skin, in the clothes still the thorns stuck" [3]

[2] Der Schneider benutzt den Dorn um Löcher zu erweitern.

[2] The tailor uses the thorn to extend holes to extend

[2] „Bevor er den Dorn in das Rad donnerte, hatte er an dem spitzen Metall eine Art Kaugummi befestigt.“[4]

[2] "Before thonding the mandrel in the wheel, he had a kind of chewing gum attached to the pointed metal" [4]

[3] Die Abkürzung führte uns direkt durch die Dornen.

[3] The abbreviation led us directly through the thorns

[3] Seine Ähren senkt das Korn / Rote Beere schwillt am Dorn (Theodor Storm: Juli)

[3] His ears lowers the grain / red berry swelling on the mandrel (Theodor Storm: July)

[3] „Nachdem sie etwas zwei Stunden durch Stauden und Dörner sich hatten durcharbeiten müssen, kamen sie zu einem Felsen, wo eine Türe war, an welche die Räuber klopften und die sich alsbald öffnete.“[5]

[3] "After they had to thorap a little for a few hours through perennials and Dörner, they came to a rock where a door was, to which the robbers knocked and they soon opened" [5]

[4] Sein Lebensweg war voll(er) Dornen.

[4] His life was full (he) thorns

How do you pronounce Dorn?

Dorn

Pictures or photos of Dorn

[1] Dornen einer Robinie
[1] Dornen einer Robinie
[2] Dorn zur Lederbearbeitung
[2] Dorn zur Lederbearbeitung

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