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Is it der, die oder das Jahr?


The correct article in German of Jahr is das. So it is das Jahr! (nominative case)

The word Jahr is neuter, therefore the correct article is das.

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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 Jahr?

How does the declension of Jahr 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 das Jahr die Jahre
Genitive des Jahres des Jahrs der Jahre
Dative dem Jahr dem Jahre den Jahren
Akkusative das Jahr die Jahre

What is the meaning of Jahr in German?

Jahr has various definitions in German:

[1] periodic recurring period of time, for example one orbit of the earth around the sun, 12 months, 365 or 366 days

[1] periodischer wiederkehrender Zeitraum, etwa ein Umlauf der Erde um die Sonne, 12 Monate, 365 beziehungsweise 366 Tage

[2] Age reached, year of life, through additions selectively qualified year [1]

[2] erreichtes Lebensalter, Lebensjahr, durch Zusätze punktuell qualifiziertes Jahr[1]

How to use Jahr in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Jahr with translations in English.

[1] Der Bau des Hauses dauerte 2 Jahre.

[1] The construction of the house took 2 years.

[1] Er muss so ungefähr zwischen 30 und 40 Jahre alt sein.

[1] He must be around 30 to 40 years old.

[1] Das Projekt startet im August dieses Jahres.

[1] The project starts in August of this year.

[1] „Mit der Geschwindigkeit von 40000 km/Std., die unsere »Raumschiffe« zwischen Erde und Mond derzeit erreichen, würde eine Reise zum rund 4 Lichtjahre entfernten sonnennächsten Fixstern über 100000 Jahre dauern.“[2]

[1] "At the speed of 40,000 km / h that our» spaceships «are currently attaining between the earth and the moon, a journey to the fixed star that is around 4 light years away from the sun would take over 100,000 years." [2]

[1] Ich will in einem Jahr Marathon laufen.

[1] I want to run a marathon in a year .

[1] „In den Wüsten gibt es nur wenig Leben, vor allem dort nicht, wo weniger als 5 cm Regen pro Jahr fallen.“[3]

[1] "There is little life in the deserts, especially not where less than 5 cm of rain falls per year." [3]

[2] Er ist ein Mann in den besten Jahren.

[2] He's a man in his prime

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