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Is it der, die oder das Kaninchen?


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

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

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 Kaninchen?

How does the declension of Kaninchen 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 Kaninchen die Kaninchen
Genitive des Kaninchens der Kaninchen
Dative dem Kaninchen den Kaninchen
Akkusative das Kaninchen die Kaninchen

What is the meaning of Kaninchen in German?

Kaninchen has various definitions in German:

[1] Zoology: an animal that looks similar to the brown hare, but smaller and with shorter ears

[1] Zoologie: ein dem Feldhasen ähnlich aussehendes Tier, aber kleiner und mit kürzeren Ohren

[2] meat of this rabbit under [1], also: fur of this animal

[2] Fleisch dieses Kaninchens unter [1], auch: Fell dieses Tieres

How to use Kaninchen in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Kaninchen with translations in English.

[1] „Schade, der Mann bückte sich zu seinem Korb, die Kaninchen hättest du ruhig mal ansehen können.“[3]

[1] "What a shame, the man bent down to his basket, you could have looked at the rabbits" [3]

[1] „Kiebitze hatten sich längst aus der Sperrzone verzogen, ebenso waren die Fasane ausgewandert und die wilden, auf Stille angewiesenen Kaninchen.“[4]

[1] "Lapwings had long since left the exclusion zone, the pheasants had also emigrated and the wild rabbits, who were dependent on silence." [4]

[1] „Ich habe einmal ein Kaninchen gesehen, mitten in Reykjavík.“[5]

[1] "I saw a rabbit once, in the middle of Reykjavík." [5]

[1] „Dann sah ich eine Schlange mit einem Kaninchen im Maul.“[6]

[1] “Then I saw a snake with a rabbit in its mouth” [6]

[2] Heute gibt es Kaninchen, über Nacht eingelegt in Rotwein mit Thymian, Majoran, Lorbeerblättern und Knoblauch.

[2] Today there are rabbits, marinated overnight in red wine with thyme, marjoram, bay leaves and garlic.

[2] Ja, ich habe einen Mantel aus Bisam, aber ich trage weder Fuchs noch Kaninchen oder Nerz.

[2] Yes, I have a muskrat coat, but I don't wear fox, rabbit, or mink.

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