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Is it der, die oder das Erster?


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

The word Erster 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 Erster?

How does the declension of Erster work in the nominative, accusative, dative and genitive cases? Here you can find all forms in the singular as well as in the plural:

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1 Singular Plural
Nominative Erster Erste
Genitive Ersten Erster
Dative Erstem Ersten
Akkusative Ersten Erste
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1 Singular Plural
Nominativ der Erste die Ersten
Genitiv des Ersten der Ersten
Dativ dem Ersten den Ersten
Akkusativ den Ersten die Ersten
gemischte Deklination (mit Possessivpronomen, »kein«, …)
1 Singular Plural
Nominativ ein Erster keine Ersten
Genitiv eines Ersten keiner Ersten
Dativ einem Ersten keinen Ersten
Akkusativ einen Ersten keine Ersten

What is the meaning of Erster in German?

Erster has various definitions in German:

[1] Person who lists a rank or order

[1] Person, die eine Rang- oder Reihenfolge anführt

[2] Day with which a month begins

[2] Tag, mit dem ein Monat beginnt

How to use Erster in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Erster with translations in English.

[1] Beim Wettlaufen war ich als Kind immer Erster.

[1] As a child, I was always the first.

[1] Er kam als Erster ins Ziel.

[1] He was the first to get into the target

[2] Dann treffen wir uns also am Ersten wieder.

[2] Then we meet on the first re -revenue

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