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Is it der, die oder das Vater?


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

The word Vater 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 Vater?

How does the declension of Vater 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 Vater die Väter
Genitive des Vaters der Väter
Dative dem Vater den Vätern
Akkusative den Vater die Väter

What is the meaning of Vater in German?

Vater has various definitions in German:

[1] Sociology, familial: male parent

[1] Soziologie, familiär: männlicher Elternteil

[2] Sociology: leader

[2] Soziologie: Leitperson

[3] Biology: partner of the mother in the creation of offspring

[3] Biologie: Partner der Mutter bei der Zeugung von Nachwuchs

[4] ecclesiastical: (title or salutation for) clergy

[4] kirchlich: (Titel oder Anrede für) Geistliche

[5] Religion: (paraphrase for) God

[5] Religion: (Umschreibung für) Gott

[6] only plural: the ancestors

[6] nur Plural: die Ahnen

How to use Vater in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Vater with translations in English.

[1] Markus ist der Vater von Jaqueline.

[1] Markus is the father of Jaqueline.

[1] Herr Schmidt ist ein strenger, aber nicht unbedingt ein schlechter Vater.

[1] Mr. Schmidt is a strict, but not necessarily a bad father

[1] In Deutschland können Väter bis zu zwölf Monate in Elternzeit gehen. Aber die wenigsten tun das.[4]

[1] In Germany, fathers can take parental leave for up to twelve months . But very few do that. [4]

[1] „Der Vater, ein Staatsbeamter namens Kurt Böhme, steht nicht zu dem Kind.“[5]

[1] "The father, a civil servant named Kurt Böhme, does not stand by the child." [5]

[2] Vater Staat wird es schon richten.

[2] Father State will sort it out .

[2] Einer der Väter des Euros war der Belgier Luc Luycx. Er wurde als der Designer der Euro-Münzen bekannt.

[2] One of the fathers of the euro was the Belgian Luc Luycx. He became known as the designer of the euro coins.

[3] Dieser Hengst ist der Vater dutzender erfolgreicher Rennpferde.

[3] This stallion is the father of dozens of successful racehorses.

[3] Diese [zweite Zelle] wird dann mit den Spermien des Vaters befruchtet und in die Gebärmutter der ersten, [genetisch] kranken, Frau eingesetzt – wie bei künstlicher Befruchtung üblich.[6]

[3] This [second cell] is then fertilized with the father's sperm and inserted into the uterus of the first, [genetically] sick woman - as is usual with artificial insemination. [6]

[4] Der Vater Prior wartet am rechten Ausgang.

[4] Father Prior is waiting at the right exit .

[5] Gott Vater, höre unsere Bitte.

[5] God the Father, hear our request.

[5] Das Vaterunser (Gebet): „Vater unser im Himmel - geheiligt werde Dein Name. - Dein Reich komme - …“[7]

[5] The Our Father (prayer): "Our Father in heaven - hallowed be your name. - your kingdom come - ..." [7]

[6] Das schwöre ich bei der Asche unserer Väter.

[6] I swear by the ashes of our fathers.

How do you pronounce Vater?

Vater (Österreich)

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