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Is it der, die oder das Idee?


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

The word Idee 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 Idee?

How does the declension of Idee 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 Idee die Ideen
Genitive der Idee der Ideen
Dative der Idee den Ideen
Akkusative die Idee die Ideen

What is the meaning of Idee in German?

Idee has various definitions in German:

[1] Philosophy: Urbean picture of a phenomenon

[1] Philosophie: Urbild einer Erscheinung

[2] Mostly sudden thought that promises success

[2] meist plötzlich auftretender Gedanke, der Erfolg verspricht

[3] Mission

[3] Leitbild

[4] very small amount of ; barely measurable but real

[4] sehr kleine Menge von etwas; kaum messbar aber real

How to use Idee in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Idee with translations in English.

[2] Ich hatte eine sehr gute Idee, die die Arbeit an unserem Projekt erleichterte.

[2] I had a very good idea that makes work easier at our project

[2] Mein Bruder hat die fixe Idee, einmal um die Welt zu segeln.

[2] My brother has the fixed idea to sail around the world

[2] Ideen verändern die Welt.

[2] Ideas change the world

[2] Gute Ideen hat man nicht zwei Mal.

[2] Good ideas do not have two times

[2] „Seine Idee hatte viele Gegner, vor allem unter den Kongressabgeordneten aus dem landwirtschaftlich geprägten Süden.“[3]

[2] "His idea had many opponents, especially among the congress deputies from the agriculturally embossed south at" [3]

[4] Da wurde eine Idee zu viel Muskat verwendet!

[4] Since an idea was used too much nutmeg

[4] Du warst eine Idee zu schnell mit dem Auto!

[4] You were an idea too fast with the car

[4] Bei Deiner Kaufentscheidung warst Du eine Idee zu spät!

[4] In your purchase decision you were an idea to late

How do you pronounce Idee?

Idee (Österreich)

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