map of ubahn

Is it der, die oder das Lebensmittel?


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

The word Lebensmittel 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.

Test your knowledge!

Choose the correct article.





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 Lebensmittel?

How does the declension of Lebensmittel 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 Lebensmittel die Lebensmittel
Genitive des Lebensmittels der Lebensmittel
Dative dem Lebensmittel den Lebensmitteln
Akkusative das Lebensmittel die Lebensmittel

What is the meaning of Lebensmittel in German?

Lebensmittel is defined as:

[1] mostly plural: goods for eating or drinking that are part of everyday life

[1] meist Plural: Ware zum Essen oder zum Trinken, die zum Bedarf des täglichen Lebens gehört

How to use Lebensmittel in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Lebensmittel with translations in English.

[1] Lebensmittel sind für Säugetiere die Mittel zum Leben an Land oder in der Luft, also Nahrung 5 %, Süßwasser 16 % und Luft 79 %.

[1] For mammals, food is the means of life on land or in the air, i.e. food 5%, fresh water 16% and air 79% .

[1] Lebensmittel von Meerestieren sind hingegen 99 % Salzwasser und 1 % Nahrung.

[1] On the other hand, food from marine animals is 99% salt water and 1% food.

[1] „Bei uns in Berlin wundere ich mich seit zwanzig Jahren über die Menge der Lebensmittel, die in den Hallen der großen Supermärkte ausliegt.“[1]

[1] "Here in Berlin I have been amazed at the amount of food that is on display in the halls of the large supermarkets for twenty years." [1]

[1] „Das Misstrauen gegenüber gentechnisch veränderten Lebensmitteln ist zwar groß, allerdings sind »Gene« natürlich in jedem Lebewesen und damit auch in allen Nahrungsmitteln enthalten.“[2]

[1] "Although there is great distrust of genetically modified foods,» genes «are naturally present in every living being and therefore also in all food ." [2]

[1] „Weil für die meisten Lebensmittel inzwischen amtlich festgelegte Höchstpreise galten, nahmen die zu diesen Preisen angebotenen Mengen kontinuierlich ab.“[3]

[1] "Because most foodstuffs were now subject to officially set maximum prices, the quantities offered at these prices decreased continuously ." [3]

[1] „Gleichzeitig werden Lebensmittel und weitere Güter des täglichen Bedarfs durch den Krieg immer teurer.“[4]

[1] “At the same time, food and other everyday goods are becoming more and more expensive as a result of the war” [4]

How do you pronounce Lebensmittel?


The content on this page is provided by and available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.