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Is it der, die oder das Ellenbogen?


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

The word Ellenbogen 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 Ellenbogen?

How does the declension of Ellenbogen 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 Ellenbogen die Ellenbogen
Genitive des Ellenbogens der Ellenbogen
Dative dem Ellenbogen den Ellenbogen
Akkusative den Ellenbogen die Ellenbogen

What is the meaning of Ellenbogen in German?

Ellenbogen is defined as:

[1] Anatomy: the bony process sitting on the joint connecting the forearm and upper arm

[1] Anatomie: am Unterarm und Oberarm verbindendem Gelenk sitzender Knochenfortsatz

How to use Ellenbogen in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Ellenbogen with translations in English.

[1] „Ich lag noch eine Weile mit den Ellenbogen auf das Kissen gestützt und dachte über diese Dinge nach.“[1]

[1] “I lay with my elbows on the pillow for a while and thought about these things” [1]

[1] „Er versuchte, sich Platz zu verschaffen, fuhr seine Ellenbogen aus.“[2]

[1] "He was trying to make room, extended his elbows." [2]

[1] „Da wurde ich ängstlich und warf noch einmal einen Blick auf das Dach hinauf, ich sah nur mit halbgeschlossenen Augen, daß die Lieblingsfrau dort oben auf den Ellenbogen lag und mich flehend ansah.“[3]

[1] "Then I became anxious and took another look up at the roof, I only saw with half-closed eyes that my favorite woman was up there on her elbow and looked at me pleadingly" [3]

[1] „Die Tasse in den Händen stützte er seine Ellenbogen auf und pustete auf den dampfenden Tee.“[4]

[1] "He put the cup in his hands on his elbows and blew on the steaming tea." [4]

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