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Is it der, die oder das Meer?


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

The word Meer 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 Meer?

How does the declension of Meer 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 Meer die Meere
Genitive des Meers des Meeres der Meere
Dative dem Meer dem Meere den Meeren
Akkusative das Meer die Meere

What is the meaning of Meer in German?

Meer has various definitions in German:

[1] large, salty body of water, the entirety of the contiguous body of water that surrounds the land masses of the earth, but also: a certain, geographically delimited part of this body of water

[1] großes, salziges Gewässer, die Gesamtheit des zusammenhängenden Gewässers, welches die Landmassen der Erde umgibt, aber auch: ein bestimmter, geographisch abgegrenzter Teil dieses Gewässers

[2] poetic: large amount

[2] poetisch: große Menge

[3] Part of proper names of north-west German lakes

[3] Bestandteil von Eigennamen nordwestdeutscher Seen

[4] Part of proper names of large lakes on earth

[4] Bestandteil von Eigennamen großer Seen auf der Erde

[5] short for lunar sea: low-lying plains that appear dark on a lunar surface

[5] kurz für Mondmeer: dunkel erscheinende Tiefebenen auf einer Mondoberfläche

How to use Meer in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Meer with translations in English.

[1] Ich fahre nächste Woche ans Meer.

[1] I'm going to the sea next week.

[1] „Das Meer war Karthagos Element und die Flotte seine Lebensader.“[5]

[1] “The sea was Carthage's element and the navy was its lifeline” [5]

[1] Das Südchinesische Meer ist ein Teil des Pazifischen Ozeans.

[1] The South China Sea is part of the Pacific Ocean.

[2] Beim Blick auf die Tribüne des Fußballstadions zeigt sich ein Meer von Fahnen.

[2] When you look at the stands of the football stadium, you can see a sea of ​​flags.

[3] Das Steinhuder Meer ist ein See in Niedersachsen.

[3] The Steinhuder Meer is a lake in Lower Saxony.

[4] Das Kaspische Meer ist der größte See der Erde.

[4] The Caspian Sea is the largest lake on earth.

[5] Neben den Meeren gibt es auf dem Mond einen einzigen Ozean, den Ozean der Stürme.

[5] Besides the seas, there is a single ocean on the moon, the ocean of storms.

How do you pronounce Meer?

das Meer (Österreich)

Pictures or photos of Meer

[1] Blick aufs Meer
[1] Blick aufs Meer

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