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Is it der, die oder das General?


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

The word General 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 General?

How does the declension of General 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 General die Generale die Generäle
Genitive des Generals der Generale der Generäle
Dative dem General den Generalen den Generälen
Akkusative den General die Generale die Generäle

What is the meaning of General in German?

General is defined as:

[1] Army, Luftwaffe, no plural: officer service level

[1] Heer, Luftwaffe, kein Plural: Offiziersdienstgrad

[a] Bundeswehr: Above the lieutenant general and thus the highest rank

[a] Bundeswehr: über dem Generalleutnant und somit der höchste Dienstgrad

[b] Wehrmacht: between the lieutenant general and the Colonel General

[b] Wehrmacht: zwischen dem Generalleutnant und dem Generaloberst

How to use General in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using General with translations in English.

[1] Er wurde etwas verspätet zum General befördert.

[1] He was somewhat late for general promotion

[2] Der General ritt selbst an der Spitze seiner Truppen.

[2] The General rode himself at the head of his troops

[2] „Der General kommt herein, steht am Büfettisch und pickt nicht ohne Gier den geräucherten Truthahn und die Garnelen heraus, um die sie nach Boston geschickt hatte.“

[2] "The general comes in, stands at the buffet table and does not pick the smoked turkey and the shrimps without greed, around which she had sent to Boston"

[2] „Bis zum Frühjahr 1918 war seine Tragödie – wie der Historiker Arthur Rosenberg sehr fein bemerkt hat –, daß der General Ludendorff den Siegfrieden nicht liefern konnte, den der Politiker Ludendorff verlangte.“

[2] "Until the spring of 1918, his tragedy - as the historian Arthur Rosenberg noticed very finely - was that General Ludendorff could not deliver the peace peace that the politician Ludendorff asked"

[2] „All dies habe ich gesehen, und die alte Frau in der Kartoffelkiste hatte mir ebenfalls erzählt, der General sei kurz vor unserer Landung im Haus gewesen.“

[2] "I saw all of this, and the old woman in the potato box had also told me that the general was shortly before our landing was in the house"

[2] „Auf der Schwelle erschien Tuschin und schlängelte sich schüchtern hinter den Generälen vorbei durch das enge Zimmer.“

[2] "Tuschin appeared on the threshold and meandered shyly behind the generals through the narrow room"

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[2] Bundeswehrgeneral Lather bei einem Interview
[2] Bundeswehrgeneral Lather bei einem Interview

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