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Is it der, die oder das Schwester?


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

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

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 Schwester?

How does the declension of Schwester 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 Schwester die Schwestern
Genitive der Schwester der Schwestern
Dative der Schwester den Schwestern
Akkusative die Schwester die Schwestern

What is the meaning of Schwester in German?

Schwester has various definitions in German:

[1] female child of the same parents

[1] weibliches Kind derselben Eltern

[2] short for: nurse

[2] kurz für: Krankenschwester

[3] female person who has dedicated her life within the church to God, belongs to an order

[3] weibliche Person, die ihr Leben innerhalb der Kirche Gott gewidmet hat, einem Orden angehört

[4] female person with whom one feels connected in spirit

[4] weibliche Person, der man sich im Geiste verbunden fühlt

[5] Commonly used within the gay scene: homosexual man

[5] innerhalb der schwulen Szene gebräuchlich: homosexueller Mann

How to use Schwester in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Schwester with translations in English.

[1] Meine Schwester geht in die 8. Klasse.

[1] My sister is in the 8. class.

[1] „Der kleine Bruder half der großen Schwester.“[3]

[1] "The little brother helped the big sister." [3]

[1] „Über meine Familie weiß ich nichts außer dem, was mir meine eigenen Kindheitserinnerungen und die Berichte meiner Schwester verraten.“[4]

[1] "I know nothing about my family except what my own childhood memories and my sister's reports tell me" [4]

[1] „Er hatte eine recht liebenswerte Schwester, und eine zweite, die das Ordensgelübde abgelegt hatte, erschien mir wie ein Wunder.“[5]

[1] "He had a very lovable sister, and a second who had taken the religious vows seemed like a miracle to me" [5]

[2] Rufen Sie bitte die Schwester!

[2] Please call the nurse!

[2] „Die Schwester legt die Hand wieder zurück: ganz ruhig liegen.“[6]

[2] "The sister puts her hand back again: lie very still." [6]

[2] „Nach einigen Zigarettenlängen kam die Schwester wieder herein und bat ihn, ihr ins Gästehaus zu folgen.“[7]

[2] "After a few cigarette lengths, the sister came back in and asked him to follow her into the guest house." [7]

[3] Schwester Marta wird den Religionsunterricht halten.

[3] Sister Marta will be teaching religion .

[3] „Sie kritzelten in seine Schulhefte, und Schwester Angelika schlug ihn dafür mit dem Lineal.“[8]

[3] "They scribbled in his exercise books, and Sister Angelika hit him with the ruler for it." [8]

[4] Schwestern, heute wird gefeiert! Ladies Night bei Hermine.

[4] Sisters, today we are celebrating . Ladies Night at Hermione ¤

[5] Schwestern, wir kämpfen weiter für Emanzipation der Homosexuellen.

[5] Sisters, we continue to fight for the emancipation of homosexuals.

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