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Is it der, die oder das Gretchen?

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 Gretchen?

How does the declension of Gretchen 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 (das) Gretchen die Gretchen die Gretchens
Genitive (des Gretchen) (des Gretchens) Gretchens der Gretchen der Gretchens
Dative (dem) Gretchen den Gretchen den Gretchens
Akkusative (das) Gretchen die Gretchen die Gretchens
vergleiche Grammatik der deutschen Namen

What is the meaning of Gretchen in German?

Gretchen is defined as:

[1] Female first name

[1] weiblicher Vorname

How to use Gretchen in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Gretchen with translations in English.

[1] „Und anderseits war es für den Genius völlig ausgeschlossen, Gretchen auf die Frage Faustens mit einem Satze antworten zu lassen, der auf ihrer Seite irgendeine geistige Selbständigkeit verraten hätte, indem er sie zur Versfüllung noch irgendwelche anderen Ausdrücke hätte gebrauchen lassen als jene, die ihr Faust ohnehin in den Mund legt.“

[1] “And on the other hand, it was completely excluded for the genius to have Gretchen answered when asked Fausten with a sentence that would have betrayed any intellectual independence on her side by having them used to fill them with any other expressions than that who puts her fist in your mouth anyway.

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