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Is it der, die oder das Großvater?


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

The word Großvater 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 Großvater?

How does the declension of Großvater 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 Großvater die Großväter
Genitive des Großvaters der Großväter
Dative dem Großvater den Großvätern
Akkusative den Großvater die Großväter

What is the meaning of Großvater in German?

Großvater has various definitions in German:

[1] Father of father or mother

[1] Vater des Vaters oder der Mutter

[2] colloquially: old man

[2] umgangssprachlich: alter Mann

How to use Großvater in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Großvater with translations in English.

[1] Mein Großvater lebt noch.

[1] My grandfather is still alive.

[1] „Welch ein Haushalt! Da wird einem alles geboten, was auf Erden je gegessen oder getrunken werden kann. Großvater, Vater, Mutter und Kind essen, trinken, spielen Piano, schießen Pistolen, a tempo und zu jeder Tageszeit im gleichen Salon und Speisezimmer nach hinten hinaus.“[3]

[1] “What a household ... Everything that can be eaten or drunk on earth is offered to you

[1] „Hierbei wurde ich sehr angenehm überrascht, zu sehen, mit welcher Herzlichkeit und Zärtlichkeit Marx, der zu jener Zeit überall als der schlimmste Menschenfeind verschrien war, mit den beiden Enkelkindern zu spielen verstand und mit welcher Liebe diese an dem Großvater hingen.“[4]

[1] “I was very pleasantly surprised to see the warmth and tenderness with which Marx, who at that time was everywhere denounced as the worst misanthropist, knew how to play with the two grandchildren and with what love they were attached to the grandfather .

[1] „Als ich zehn Jahre alt war, führte mich mein Großvater in sein Zimmer.“[5]

[1] "When I was ten years old, my grandfather took me to his room." [5]

[1] „Mein Großvater besuchte eine Lehrerfortbildung und erhielt Ende 1946 eine Anstellung an einer Dorfschule in der Nähe von Schwerin.“[6]

[1] "My grandfather attended teacher training and at the end of 1946 got a job at a village school near Schwerin." [6]

[1] „Er hatte den Großvater sehr gerne und war stolz auf ihn.“[7]

[1] "He was very fond of his grandfather and was proud of him." [7]



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