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Is it der, die oder das Frau?


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

The word Frau is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

In older languages, women's genitive and dative singulars also appear .

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 Frau?

How does the declension of Frau 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 Frau die Frauen
Genitive der Frau der Frauen
Dative der Frau den Frauen
Akkusative die Frau die Frauen

What is the meaning of Frau in German?

Frau has various definitions in German:

[1] adult, female human

[1] erwachsener, weiblicher Mensch

[2] married woman, wife

[2] verheiratete Frau, Ehefrau

[3] Singular only: courtesy form of address for a single adult female person, suffix to name

[3] nur Singular: Höflichkeitsanrede für eine einzelne weibliche erwachsene Person, Namenszusatz

How to use Frau in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Frau with translations in English.

[1] Sie ist eine berufstätige Frau.

[1] She is a working woman.

[1] Sie erwacht zur Frau. (Sie wird vom Mädchen zur Frau.)

[1] She wakes up to be a woman. (She goes from a girl to a woman.)

[1] „Weit über dreißig mögen es nach unserer Ankunft sein, Frauen und Kinder vor allem.“[3]

[1] "It may be well over thirty after our arrival, women and children above all" [3]

[1] „Die Frau ist wie ein Buch, von dem, ob gut oder schlecht, zunächst die Titelseite gefallen muß; bietet sie keinen Anreiz, so erweckt sie auch nicht die Lust zum Lesen, und diese Lust ist nur so stark wie das Interesse, das sie einflößt.“[4]

[1] “The woman is like a book, the front page of which, whether good or bad, must first fall. If it offers no incentive, it does not arouse the desire to read, and this desire is only so strong

[2] Darf ich Ihnen meine Frau vorstellen?

[2] May I introduce my wife to you

[2] Ich war mit meiner Frau und meinen Kindern im Urlaub.

[2] I was on vacation with my wife and children.

[2] Was die Frau will, das will Gott.[5]

[2] What the woman wants, that is what God wants. [5]

[1, 2] „Ist der Unterschied zwischen Männern und Frauen ein Fantasieprodukt, wie das Kastensystem in Indien oder die Rassentrennung in den Vereinigten Staaten?“[6]

[1, 2] "Is the difference between men and women a fantasy, like the caste system in India or racial segregation in the United States?" [6]

[3] Sehr geehrte Frau Müller, ich schreibe hier nicht weiter …

[3] Dear Ms. Müller, I will not write any further here ...

[3] Frau Müller trug ein rotes Kleid.

[3] Ms. Müller wore a red dress

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