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Is it der, die oder das Eins?


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

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

In contrast to the one, 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 Eins?

How does the declension of Eins 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 Eins die Einsen
Genitive der Eins der Einsen
Dative der Eins den Einsen
Akkusative die Eins die Einsen

What is the meaning of Eins in German?

Eins has various definitions in German:

[1] Mathematics: The natural number between zero and two

[1] Mathematik: die natürliche Zahl zwischen Null und Zwei

[2] The Arabic number 1 or the Roman number ⅰ (i)

[2] die arabische Ziffer 1 oder die römische Ziffer Ⅰ (I)

[3] In the system of grades 1 - 6 in Germany: Best school grade

[3] im System der Noten 1 - 6 in Deutschland: beste Schulnote

[4] Verbal statement of house number, S-Bahn, subway, tram, bus, motorway, federal road 1 and the like as a noun

[4] verbale Angabe von Hausnummer, S-Bahn, U-Bahn, Straßenbahn, Bus, Autobahn, Bundesstraße 1 und Ähnlichem als Substantiv

[5] An eye on the cube

[5] ein Auge auf dem Würfel

How to use Eins in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Eins with translations in English.

[1] Die Eins ist Teiler aller natürlichen Zahlen.

[1] The one is part of all natural numbers

[2] Bei der Kirchturmuhr war die Eins heruntergefallen.

[2] At the church tower clock the one had fallen

[3] Für meinen Text habe ich eine Eins bekommen.

[3] I got a one for my text

[4] Die Eins kommt in fünf Minuten.

[4] The one comes in five minutes by

[4] Wenn du die Eins drei Kilometer herunterfährst, musst du rechts abbiegen.

[4] If you drive down the one three kilometers, you have to turn right

[5] Wenn du nur Einsen würfelst, kommst du nicht sehr weit.

[5] If you only die one, you won't come very much

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