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Is it der, die oder das EU?


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

The word EU 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 EU?

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

What is the meaning of EU in German?

EU is defined as:

[1] European Union

[1] Europäische Union

How to use EU in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using EU with translations in English.

[1] Am 1. Mai 2004 traten 10 neue Mitglieder der EU bei, die somit nun aus 25 Mitgliedsstaaten besteht.

On May 1, 2004, 10 new members of the EU joined, which now consists of 25 member states.

[1] „Bund, Land und EU übernehmen den Löwenanteil, aber auch Klosterkammer, diverse Stiftungen und Spender beteiligen sich an den Kosten.“

[1] "Bund, the state and the EU take over the lion's share, but also the monastery chamber, various foundations and donors take part in the cost" "

[1] „In Deutschland, dem mächtigsten Land in der EU, wäre es manchem recht, wenn die Griechen den Euroklub verließen.“

[1] "In Germany, the most powerful country in the EU, it would be right if the Greeks left the Euro Club"

[1] „Deswegen wird der Tabakanbau von der EU kräftig subventioniert.“

[1] "That is why the tobacco cultivation is strongly subsidized by the EU"

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