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Is it der, die oder das First?


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

The word First 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 First?

How does the declension of First 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 First die Firste
Genitive des Firsts des Firstes der Firste
Dative dem First den Firsten
Akkusative den First die Firste

What is the meaning of First in German?

First has various definitions in German:

[1] Highest edge on a inclined roof

[1] höchste Kante an einem geneigten Dach

[2] Geography: mountain ridge

[2] Geografie: Gebirgskamm

How to use First in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using First with translations in English.

[1] Zwei Krähen sitzen auf dem First des Nachbarhauses.

[1] Two crows sit on the ridge of the neighboring house

[1] „Über dem First des Wuthenower Herrenhauses hing die Sonne, während drüben am andern Ufer die Wolken im Widerschein glühten und die Waldstreifen ihren Schatten in den See warfen.“

[1] "The sun was hung above the ridge of the Wuthenower manor house, while over the other bank of the clouds glowed the clouds and the forest strips threw their shadows into the lake"

[1] „Als wenige Schritte vor ihm ein Stück Mauerwerk aus dem brüchigen First seines Hauses niederklatschte, lehnte er sich unwillkürlich gegen die Wand zurück.“

[1] "When a piece of masonry clapped from the brittle ridge of his house a few steps in front of him, he involuntarily leaned back against the wall"

[2] Auf der rechten Seite des Tales verläuft der Anstieg auf den First.

[2] On the right side of the valley, the climb is on the first

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Pictures or photos of First

[1] ein Dachfirst
[1] ein Dachfirst

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