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Is it der, die oder das Ostern?


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

The word Ostern 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.

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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 Ostern?

How does the declension of Ostern 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 Ostern die Ostern
Genitive des Ostern der Ostern
Dative dem Ostern den Ostern
Akkusative das Ostern die Ostern

What is the meaning of Ostern in German?

Ostern has various definitions in German:

[1] Christianity, mostly without an article: Festival of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, starting on Sunday after the first full spring moon

[1] Christentum, meist ohne Artikel: Fest der Auferstehung Jesu Christi, beginnend zum Sonntag nach dem ersten Frühlingsvollmond

[2] colloquially, without an article, in short: "for Easter" or "at Easter"

[2] umgangssprachlich, ohne Artikel, kurz: „zu Ostern“ oder „an Ostern“

How to use Ostern in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Ostern with translations in English.

[1] In einer Woche ist Ostern.

[1] In a week is Easter

[1] Wir fahren über Ostern nach Dänemark.

[1] We drive to Denmark via Easter

[1] Letzte Ostern waren wir in Bayern.

[1] We were last Easter in Bavaria

[1] schriftdeutsch: Bis 1966 wurde man in Deutschland zu Ostern eingeschult.

[1] written German: Until 1966 one was started in Germany at Easter

[2] umgangssprachlich: Bis 1966 wurde man in Deutschland Ostern eingeschult.

[2] Colloquially: Until 1966, Easter started in Germany

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