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Is it der, die oder das Name?


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

The word Name 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 Name?

How does the declension of Name 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 Name die Namen
Genitive des Namens der Namen
Dative dem Namen den Namen
Akkusative den Namen die Namen

What is the meaning of Name in German?

Name has various definitions in German:

[1] a one-part or multi-part designation consisting of one or more words, associated information that serves for identification and individualization, a proper name for

[1] eine eingliedrige oder mehrgliedrige, aus einem oder mehreren Worten bestehende Bezeichnung, eine zugeordnete Information, die der Identifizierung und Individualisierung dient, ein Eigenname für

[1a] a person or a group of people (there are special names for artists, politicians, rulers, rulers, fictional people, partnerships, associations of people)

[1a] eine Person oder eine Personengruppe (es gibt spezielle Namen für Künstler, Politiker, Herrscher, Herrscherhäuser, fiktive Personen, Personengesellschaften, Personenvereinigungen)

[1b] an animal, plant or other living being

[1b] ein Tier, eine Pflanze oder sonstiges Lebewesen

[1c] an object, a thing (there are special names for pets, toys or fictional characters)

[1c] einen Gegenstand, ein Ding (es gibt spezielle Namen für Haustiere, Spielzeug oder fiktive Figuren)

[1d] a topographic object (there are special names for cosmic objects, places, bodies of water, mountains, landscapes)

[1d] ein topografisches Objekt (es gibt spezielle Namen für kosmischen Objekte, Orte, Gewässer, Berge, Landschaften)

[1e] an event, an institution, a thought (there are special names for literary, musical and other artistic works)

[1e] ein Ereignis, eine Institution, einen gedanklichen Sachverhalt (es gibt spezielle Namen für literarische, musikalische und andere künstlerische Werke)

[2] reputation, reputation, image; a title, a rank, a status

[2] der Ruf, das Ansehen, das Image; ein Titel, ein Rang, ein Stand

How to use Name in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Name with translations in English.

[1] Wie ist dein Name?

[1] What is your name?

[1] „Überspitzt könnte man sagen: Ein Pole hört seinen offiziellen Namen nur drei Mal im Leben, bei der Kommunion, bei der Trauung und bei der Scheidung.“[2]

[1] "In an exaggerated way, one could say: A Pole only hears his official name three times in life, at communion, at a wedding ceremony and at a divorce." [2]

[1] „Niemand kann ihm dieses Recht streitig machen, vorausgesetzt, daß der Name, den er wählt, nicht einem anderen gehört.“[3]

[1] "Nobody can dispute this right, provided that the name he chooses does not belong to someone else" [3]

[2] Er hat sich in dieser Branche einen Namen gemacht.

[2] He has made a name for himself in this branch .

[2] „Sie haben wohl davon gehört, wie er 1997 die Folgen der großen Oderflut linderte, wie er sich einen Namen als Krisenmanager machte und bald von vielen ‚Der Deichgraf’ genannt wurde.“[4]

[2] "You have probably heard of how he alleviated the consequences of the great Oder flood in 1997, how he made a name for himself as a crisis manager and was soon called 'The Deichgraf' by many ." [4]

[2] „Fast alle, die im Höhenbergsteigen Rang und Namen haben, sind an der Lhotse-Südwand gescheitert, insgesamt rund ein Dutzend Expeditionen.“[5]

[2] "Almost everyone who has rank and name in high-altitude mountaineering failed on the Lhotse south face, a total of around a dozen expeditions." [5]

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