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Is it der, die oder das Main?


The correct article in German of Main is der. So it is der Main! (nominative case)

The word Main is masculine, therefore the correct article is der.

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 Main?

How does the declension of Main 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 der Main
Genitive des Mains des Maines
Dative dem Main dem Maine
Akkusative den Main

What is the meaning of Main in German?

Main is defined as:

[1] An important right bank of the Rhine, which rises in the Fichtelgebirge, flows through only Germany and which flows east of Wiesbaden and Mainz into the Rhine

[1] ein bedeutender rechtsrheinischer Nebenfluss, welcher im Fichtelgebirge entspringt, ausschließlich Deutschland durchfließt und der östlich von Wiesbaden und Mainz in den Rhein mündet

How to use Main in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Main with translations in English.

[1] Es führt über den Main / Eine Brücke von Stein / Wer darüber will gehn / Muss im Tanze sich drehn - (Volkslied)

[1] It leads over the main / a bridge of stone / whoever wants to go / must turn in dance - (folk song)

[1] Am Main entlang geht es weiter gen Würzburg mit seiner barocken Residenz.

[1] Along the Main it goes on to Würzburg with its baroque residenze

[1] „Die Regnitz und die Altmühl, die Nebenflüsse des Mains und der Donau, sollten durch einen schiffbaren Graben miteinander verbunden werden.“

[1] "The Regnitz and the Altmühl, the tributaries of the Main and the Danube should be connected by a navigable ditch"

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Pictures or photos of Main

[1] Der Main in Offenbach am Main
[1] Der Main in Offenbach am Main

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