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Is it der, die oder das Drift?


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

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

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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 Drift?

How does the declension of Drift 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 Drift
Genitive der Drift
Dative der Drift
Akkusative die Drift

What is the meaning of Drift in German?

Drift has various definitions in German:

[1] The movement of the water caused by the wind

[1] die durch den Wind verursachte Bewegung des Wassers

[2] The hustle and bustle caused by wind or flow of something on the water

[2] das durch Wind oder Strömung verursachte Treiben von etwas auf dem Wasser

[3] Geology, short for: continental drift

[3] Geologie, kurz für: Kontinentaldrift

[4] measurement technology: a slow change in a characteristic of a system, a setup or a component

[4] Messtechnik: eine langsame Änderung eines Merkmals eines Systems, einer Einrichtung oder eines Bauelementes

How to use Drift in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Drift with translations in English.

[1] Man muss die Drift mit einbeziehen, wenn man den Kurs für ein Segelboot berechnet.

[1] You have to include the drift if you calculate the course for a sailboat

[2] Wenn die Eisschollen beginnen zu driften, ist diese Drift gefährlich für die Schifffahrt.

[2] When the ice floes start to drift, this drift is dangerous for the shipping

[3] Heutzutage weiß man sehr viel über die Drift der Kontinente.

[3] Nowadays you know a lot about the drift of the continente

[4] Das Taktsignal weist eine unbeabsichtigte Drift auf.

[4] The clock signal shows an unintentional drift

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