map of ubahn

Is it der, die oder das Geist?


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

The word Geist 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.

Test your knowledge!

Choose the correct article.





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 Geist?

How does the declension of Geist 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 1 Plural 2
Nominative der Geist die Geister die Geiste
Genitive des Geistes des Geists der Geister der Geiste
Dative dem Geist dem Geiste den Geistern den Geisten
Akkusative den Geist die Geister die Geiste

What is the meaning of Geist in German?

Geist is defined as:

[1] thinking as part of individuality

[1] das Denken als Bestandteil der Individualität

[a] including feeling

[a] unter Einschluss des Fühlens

[b] in contrast to the emotional life (soul)

[b] im Gegensatz zum Gefühlsleben (Seele)

How to use Geist in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Geist with translations in English.

[1] Der menschliche Geist kann manche Dinge einfach nicht erfassen.

[1] The human mind just cannot grasp some things.

[2] Wir sind hier im Geiste der Versöhnung zusammengekommen.

[2] We have come together here in a spirit of reconciliation.

[2] „Ferner verbot Trajan die Beachtung anonymer Denunziationen und schließlich endete das Reskript mit einem Bekenntnis, […]: Ein allzu inquisitorisches Verhalten seitens des Staates werde dem Geist der Epoche nicht gerecht.“[3]

[2] "Furthermore, Trajan forbade paying attention to anonymous denunciations and finally the rescript ended with a confession [...]: An overly inquisitorial behavior on the part of the state would not do justice to the spirit of the epoch" [3]

[2] Dieses Gesetz widerspricht dem Geist unserer Verfassung.

[2] This law is contrary to the spirit of our constitution.

[3] Bevor sie einen Baum fällen, bitten sie den Geist des Baumes um Vergebung.

[3] Before cutting down a tree, ask for forgiveness from the spirit of the tree

[3] „Die Unterhaltung drehte sich wie gewöhnlich um Geister, Gespenster und Vampire.“[4]

[3] “As usual, the conversation revolved around ghosts, ghosts and vampires” [4]

[4] Der Geist der Ahnfrau kommt nicht zur Ruhe.

[4] The ancestral spirit does not come to rest



How do you pronounce Geist?

Geist (Österreich)

Pictures or photos of Geist

[3] Balinesischer Tänzer vor einem Barong, dem König der guten Geister in löwenartiger Gestalt
[3] Balinesischer Tänzer vor einem Barong, dem König der guten Geister in löwenartiger Gestalt
[4] Schatten eines Geistes
[4] Schatten eines Geistes

The content on this page is provided by and available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.