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Is it der, die oder das Drei?


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

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

In contrast to the threesome, this form is common in Germany

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 Drei?

How does the declension of Drei 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 Drei die Dreien
Genitive der Drei der Dreien
Dative der Drei den Dreien
Akkusative die Drei die Dreien

What is the meaning of Drei in German?

Drei has various definitions in German:

[1] Mathematics: The natural number between the two and the four

[1] Mathematik: die natürliche Zahl zwischen der Zwei und der Vier

[2] The number three (3, ٣, 三, 叄)

[2] die Ziffer Drei (3, ٣, 三, 叄)

[3] In Germany and Austria: "Satisfactory", a mediocre certificate grade

[3] in Deutschland und Österreich: „Befriedigend“, eine mittelmäßige Zeugnisnote

[4] Three eyes on a cube

[4] drei Augen auf einem Würfel

How to use Drei in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Drei with translations in English.

[1] Die Drei ist eine Primzahl.

[1] The three is a prime payments

[2] Die Zahl 33 besteht aus zwei Dreien.

[2] The number 33 consists of two three people

[3] In Deutsch habe ich immerhin eine Drei.

[3] In German I have a threeider at least

[4] Ich werf' dauernd Dreien!

[4] I am constantly three

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