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Is it der, die oder das Oma?


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

The word Oma is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

Feminine relatives in the prenominal position without an article word receive an -s as a genitive ending, e.g. Omas Haus [1] [2]

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 Oma?

How does the declension of Oma 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 Oma die Omas
Genitive der Oma der Omas
Dative der Oma den Omas
Akkusative die Oma die Omas

What is the meaning of Oma in German?

Oma has various definitions in German:

[1] familial: grandmother; mother of father or mother

[1] familiär: Großmutter; Mutter des Vaters oder der Mutter

[2] colloquially: old woman

[2] umgangssprachlich: alte Frau

How to use Oma in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Oma with translations in English.

[1] Meine Oma arbeitet in einem Supermarkt.

[1] My grandma works in a supermarket.

[1] „Oma und Opa waren da, meine Eltern, mein Bruder Sebastian und Onkel Hugo.“[6]

[1] "Grandma and Grandpa were there, my parents, my brother Sebastian and Uncle Hugo." [6]

[1] „Fast körperlich spüre ich auf einmal die Wärme meiner Oma, sehe sie vor mir, wie liebevoll sie sich um mich gekümmert hat nach Mamas und Papas Tod.“[7]

[1] "Almost physically, I suddenly feel the warmth of my grandma, see her in front of me how lovingly she looked after me after my mom and dad's death." [7]

[2] Vorsicht, da vorn läuft eine Oma über die Straße.

[2] Be careful, a grandma is walking across the street up ahead

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