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Is it der, die oder das Elefant?


The correct article in German of Elefant is der. So it is der Elefant! (nominative case)

The word Elefant is masculine, therefore the correct article is der.

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 Elefant?

How does the declension of Elefant 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 der Elefant die Elefanten
Genitive des Elefanten der Elefanten
Dative dem Elefanten den Elefanten
Akkusative den Elefanten die Elefanten

What is the meaning of Elefant in German?

Elefant is defined as:

[1] Zoology: large mammal living on land, therefore a gray or brownish pachyderm with conspicuously large tusks and ears from the proboscis family

[1] Zoologie: großes an Land lebendes Säugetier, mithin ein grauer oder bräunlicher Dickhäuter mit auffällig großen Stoßzähnen und Ohren aus der Familie der Rüsseltiere

How to use Elefant in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Elefant with translations in English.

[1] Elefanten haben Rüssel und Stoßzähne.

[1] Elephants have trunks and tusks.

[1] „Fasziniert beobachten sie Giraffen und Elefanten.“[2]

[1] “They watch giraffes and elephants with fascination” [2]

[1] „Im Lauf der Jahre kamen weitere Elefanten aus anderen Teilen Afrikas und sogar aus Kanada und Sri Lanka hinzu, sodass eine stattliche Herde entstand.“[3]

[1] "Over the years, more elephants came from other parts of Africa and even from Canada and Sri Lanka, so that an impressive herd was created ." [3]

[1] „Elefanten waren in Asien vermutlich schon lange als Arbeitstiere in Gebrauch.“[4]

[1] "Elephants have probably been used as workhorses in Asia for a long time ." [4]

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Pictures or photos of Elefant

[1] Afrikanischer Elefant
[1] Afrikanischer Elefant

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