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Is it der, die oder das Hauptrolle?


The correct article in German of Hauptrolle is die. So it is die Hauptrolle! (nominative case)

The word Hauptrolle is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

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 Hauptrolle?

How does the declension of Hauptrolle 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 die Hauptrolle die Hauptrollen
Genitive der Hauptrolle der Hauptrollen
Dative der Hauptrolle den Hauptrollen
Akkusative die Hauptrolle die Hauptrollen

What is the meaning of Hauptrolle in German?

Hauptrolle has various definitions in German:

[1] most important figure, roll in a film or play

[1] bedeutendste Figur, Rolle in einem Film oder Theaterstück

[2] Translated, no plural: the most important, decisive person or thing

[2] übertragen, kein Plural: wichtigste, entscheidende Person oder Sache

How to use Hauptrolle in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Hauptrolle with translations in English.

[1] Die weibliche Hauptrolle wurde mit einer unbekannten, jungen Schauspielerin besetzt.

[1] The female leading role was occupied with an unknown, young actress

[1] Er träumt von einer Hauptrolle in einer anspruchsvollen Literaturverfilmung.

[1] He dreams of a leading role in a demanding literature adaptation

[2] Die Familie spielt die Hauptrolle in seinem Leben.

[2] The family plays the leading role in his life

[2] „So nahmen die Frauen in seinem Leben stets Hauptrollen ein.“

[2] "This is how women always took main roles in his life"

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