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Is it der, die oder das Last?


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

The word Last 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 Last?

How does the declension of Last 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 Last die Lasten
Genitive der Last der Lasten
Dative der Last den Lasten
Akkusative die Last die Lasten

What is the meaning of Last in German?

Last has various definitions in German:

[1] Transport system: something that presses down due to its weight or also pulls loads, freight; What you wear

[1] Transportwesen: etwas, was sich durch sein Gewicht nach unten drückt oder zieht; auch Ladung, Fracht; was man trägt

[2] Mental pressure, arduous fact

[2] psychischer Druck, beschwerlicher Umstand

[3] Mechanics: Power that acts on a machine in operation

[3] Mechanik: Kraft, die auf eine sich im Betrieb befindende Maschine wirkt

[4] Electrical engineering: electrical resistance, electrical consumer

[4] Elektrotechnik: elektrischer Widerstand, elektrischer Verbraucher

How to use Last in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Last with translations in English.

[1] Das Paket war eine große Last für die Frau.

[1] The package was a great load for the Frauä

[1] Sie hatte an der Last schwer zu tragen.

[1] She had a hard time wearing on the load

[1] Plötzlich brach die Brücke unter der großen Last zusammen.

[1] Suddenly the bridge collapsed under the big load

[1] „Die Männer antworteten ihm nicht, luden ihre Last auf und stiegen damit die steile Uferbank empor.“

[1] "The men did not answer him, loaded their load and rose the steep bank bank" "

[2] Das Geständnis hatte Herrn Bleibein von einer großen Last befreit.

[2] The confession had freed from a great burden

[2] Auf meiner Seele liegt eine erdrückende Last.

[2] There is a overwhelming load on my soul

[2] Mit der Bürgschaft bürdete sie sich eine schwere Last auf.

[2] With the guarantee she buried a heavy load

[2] Die Zahlung des Verfahrens geht zu Lasten des Angeklagten.

[2] The payment of the procedure is at the expense of the accused

[3] Es ist ein Unterschied, ob der Motor unter Last läuft oder sich im Leerlauf dreht.

[3] There is a difference whether the engine runs under load or turns idling

[4] Der Innenwiderstand des Generators macht sich nur unter Last bemerkbar.

[4] The generator's internal resistance is only noticeable under load

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Pictures or photos of Last

[1] Eine Last hängt an einem Ausleger und wird dort mit der Laufkatze bewegt.
[1] Eine Last hängt an einem Ausleger und wird dort mit der Laufkatze bewegt.

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