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Is it der, die oder das Erkältung?


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

The word Erkältung 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 Erkältung?

How does the declension of Erkältung 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 Erkältung die Erkältungen
Genitive der Erkältung der Erkältungen
Dative der Erkältung den Erkältungen
Akkusative die Erkältung die Erkältungen

What is the meaning of Erkältung in German?

Erkältung is defined as:

[1] Disease, infection of the respiratory tract (for example coughing, runny nose, hoarseness, catarrh)

[1] Erkrankung, Infektion der Atemwege (zum Beispiel Husten, Schnupfen, Heiserkeit, Katarrh)

How to use Erkältung in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Erkältung with translations in English.

[1] Als er abends im T-Shirt nach Hause kam, holte er sich eine Erkältung.

[1] When he came home in the T-shirt in the evening, he got a cold

[1] „Allerdings war das Wissen über die korrekte Anwendung von Antibiotika äußerst lückenhaft: So glauben 65 Prozent, dass Antibiotika gegen Erkältungen und Schnupfen helfen - dabei richten solche Medikamente gegen Viruserkrankungen nichts aus und helfen nur gegen bakterielle Infektionen.“

[1] "However, the knowledge of the correct use of antibiotics was extremely incomplete: 65 percent believe that antibiotics help against colds and runny nose - such drugs against viral diseases do nothing and only help against bacterial infections"

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