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Is it der, die oder das Sonne?


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

The word Sonne 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 Sonne?

How does the declension of Sonne 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 Sonne die Sonnen
Genitive der Sonne der Sonnen
Dative der Sonne den Sonnen
Akkusative die Sonne die Sonnen

What is the meaning of Sonne in German?

Sonne has various definitions in German:

[1] Astronomy: no plural: the closest star to earth, the center of our solar system

[1] Astronomie: kein Plural: der Erde nächster Stern, Zentrum unseres Sonnensystems

[2] innumerable: sunshine or light

[2] unzählbar: Sonnenschein oder -licht

[3] Astronomy: general term for any star

[3] Astronomie: allgemeine Bezeichnung für irgendeinen Stern

[4] Craft: together with the ball impact device, a chimney sweep's tool [1]

[4] Handwerk: zusammen mit dem Kugelschlagapparat ein Arbeitsgerät des Schornsteinfegers[1]

How to use Sonne in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Sonne with translations in English.

[1] Die Sonne geht auf.

[1] The sun rises.

[1] Die Personifizierung der Sonne wird auch in dem Zusatz Frau, zu „Frau Sonne“ deutlich.

[1] The personification of the sun is also evident in the addition of woman to “woman sun”

[1] „Die wirkliche Bahn des Mondes ist außerordentlich kompliziert, da er sich mit der Erde um die Sonne bewegt und auch unser Sonnensystem als Ganzes nicht ruht.“[3]

[1] "The real orbit of the moon is extremely complicated because it moves with the earth around the sun and our solar system as a whole does not rest." [3]

[1] „Die Sonne enthält etwa 71 % Wasserstoff, 27 % Helium und 2 % schwerere Elemente.“[4]

[1] "The sun contains about 71% hydrogen, 27% helium and 2% heavier elements." [4]

[1] „Die Sonne verschwand gerade hinter den Wolken am Horizont.“[5]

[1] "The sun just disappeared behind the clouds on the horizon." [5]

[1] „Es ist ungewöhnlich warm für Dezember, die frühe Sonne taucht alles in Gold, als hätte sie sich in der Jahreszeit vertan.“[6]

[1] "It's unusually warm for December, the early sun bathes everything in gold, as if it had made a mistake in the season ." [6]

[2] Wir hatten den ganzen Tag Sonne.

[2] We had sun all day .

[2] Bei Sonne gehen wir in den Zoo.

[2] In the sun we go to the zoo

[2] Geh mir aus der Sonne!

[2] Get out of the sun for me!

[2] Lass die Sonne in dein Herz – (Schlager)

[2] Let the sun in your heart - (Schlager)

[2] „Nahe dem Äquator gedeihen Bäume in strahlender Sonne, heftigem Regen und ganzjähriger Wärme.“[7]

[2] "Near the equator, trees thrive in bright sun, heavy rain and year-round warmth." [7]

[3] Alpha Centauri ist ebenfalls eine Sonne.

[3] Alpha Centauri is also a sun.

[3] „Etwa 100 bis 400 Milliarden Sonnen brennen in unserer Milchstraße; im gesamten beobachtbaren Universum kommen Schätzungen auf etwa 1022 bis 1024 Sterne.“[8]

[3] "About 100 to 400 billion suns burn in our Milky Way; in the entire observable universe, estimates come to about 1022 to 1024 stars." [8]

[4] Der Backschornstein wurde mit einem großen Stahlbesen, der einen Durchmesser von 50cm hatte, gefegt. Dieser große Besen wurde auch Sonne oder Fufziger genannt.[9]

[4] The baking chimney was swept with a large steel broom with a diameter of 50cm . This large broom was also called the Sun or Fifties. [9]

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