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Is it der, die oder das Ehefrau?


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

The word Ehefrau 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 Ehefrau?

How does the declension of Ehefrau 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 Ehefrau die Ehefrauen
Genitive der Ehefrau der Ehefrauen
Dative der Ehefrau den Ehefrauen
Akkusative die Ehefrau die Ehefrauen

What is the meaning of Ehefrau in German?

Ehefrau is defined as:

[1] married woman in relationship to another person

[1] verheiratete Frau in Beziehung zu einer anderen Person

How to use Ehefrau in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Ehefrau with translations in English.

[1] Meine Ehefrau fragt sich immer, warum sie mich geheiratet hat.

[1] My wife always wonders why she married me.

[1] „Sadie ist vor Trauer außer sich und macht einen Skandal, als sie die offizielle Ehefrau und eine weitere Geliebte, von der Clarence zwei Kinder hat, auftauchen sieht, ganz abgesehen von mehreren Mätressen, die alle behaupten, die einzigen zu sein, die ihn je geliebt haben.“[1]

[1] "Sadie is beside herself with grief and makes a scandal when she sees the official wife and another lover, of whom Clarence has two children, not to mention several mistresses who all claim to be the only ones

[1] „Fünfunddreißig von ihnen wurden von ihren Ehefrauen begleitet.“[2]

[1] “Thirty-five of them were accompanied by their wives” [2]

[1] „1515 verkündete König Manuel I., dass sämtliche Afrikanerinnen, die man den portugiesischen Siedlern als Ehefrauen oder Konkubinen übergeben hatte, und ebenso ihre Kinder frei seien.“[3]

[1] "In 1515 King Manuel I. proclaimed that all African women who were handed over to the Portuguese settlers as wives or concubines, as well as their children, were free." [3]

[1] „Er lebte mit der Ehefrau im Haus seiner Eltern.“[4]

[1] “He lived with his wife in his parents' house” [4]

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