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Is it der, die oder das Rücken?


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

The word Rücken 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 Rücken?

How does the declension of Rücken 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 Rücken die Rücken
Genitive des Rückens der Rücken
Dative dem Rücken den Rücken
Akkusative den Rücken die Rücken

What is the meaning of Rücken in German?

Rücken is defined as:

[1] Anatomy: the back of the trunk

[1] Anatomie: die hintere Seite des Rumpfes

[a] of a man

[a] eines Menschen

[b] of an animal (here mostly located at the top)

[b] eines Tieres (hier meist oben gelegen)

How to use Rücken in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Rücken with translations in English.

[1] Du schnarchst, wenn du auf dem Rücken schläfst.

[1] You snore when you sleep on your back.

[2] Unsere Staffel gewann die 200 m Rücken sowie die 400 m Lagen.

[2] Our relay team won the 200 m back and the 400 m individual medley .

[3] Diese Bücher haben einen ledernen Rücken.

[3] These books have a leather spine

[4] Der Mittelatlantische Rücken durchzieht den Atlantischen Ozean von Norden nach Süden.

[4] The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs through the Atlantic Ocean from north to south.

How do you pronounce Rücken?

Rücken (Österreich)

Pictures or photos of Rücken

[1] Rücken einer Frau („Toilette der Venus“ von Velazquez)
[1] Rücken einer Frau („Toilette der Venus“ von Velazquez)
[3] Die Rücken der Bücher weisen zum Betrachter.
[3] Die Rücken der Bücher weisen zum Betrachter.
[4] markanter Rücken bei der Milseburg
[4] markanter Rücken bei der Milseburg

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