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Is it der, die oder das Grundton?


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

The word Grundton is masculine, therefore the correct article is der.

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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 Grundton?

How does the declension of Grundton 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 Grundton die Grundtöne
Genitive des Grundtons des Grundtones der Grundtöne
Dative dem Grundton dem Grundtone den Grundtönen
Akkusative den Grundton die Grundtöne

What is the meaning of Grundton in German?

Grundton has various definitions in German:

[1] Music: First tone of a scale

[1] Musik: erster Ton einer Tonleiter

[2] Music: deepest tone of a chord that is built from Terzen

[2] Musik: tiefster Ton eines Akkords, der aus Terzen aufgebaut ist

[3] Painting, color: The predominant color

[3] Malerei, Farbe: der vorherrschende Farbton

[4] Translated: The predominant opinion/view (regarding the mood of the conversation)

[4] übertragen: die vorherrschende Meinung/Auffassung (die Gesprächsstimmung betreffend)

How to use Grundton in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Grundton with translations in English.

[1, 2] Spiel noch mal den Grundton an.

[1, 2] Play the basic tone again

[3] Der Grundton ist ein helles Gelb.

[3] The basic tone is a light yellow base

[4] Der Grundton der Gespräche war eigentlich ganz positiv.

[4] The basic tone of the talks was actually very positive

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