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Is it der, die oder das Zaun?


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

The word Zaun 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 Zaun?

How does the declension of Zaun 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 Zaun die Zäune
Genitive des Zaunes des Zauns der Zäune
Dative dem Zaun dem Zaune den Zäunen
Akkusative den Zaun die Zäune

What is the meaning of Zaun in German?

Zaun is defined as:

[1] A device consisting of wire mesh or made of (crossed, parallel or the like) metal or wooden rods, which mostly divert a property, a particular area or the like

[1] eine aus Drahtgeflecht oder aus (gekreuzten, parallel angeordneten oder dergleichen) Metall- oder Holzstäben bestehende Vorrichtung, die zumeist ein Grundstück, ein bestimmtes Areal oder dergleichen eingrenzt

How to use Zaun in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Zaun with translations in English.

[1] Viele Menschen frieden ihr Grundstück mit einem Zaun ein.

[1] Many people peace peace with a fence

[1] „Es blieb nicht aus, daß wir dann vor dem Zaun standen.“[4]

[1] "It did not matter that we then stood in front of the fence" [4]

[1] „Und die Kosaken sahen sich erstaunt nach Denissow um, als er sich mit einigen nach Hundegebell klingenden Lauten rasch abwandte, an den Zaun ging und sich gegen ihn lehnte.“[5]

[1] "And the Cossacks looked astonished to Denissow as he moved rapidly with some dogbell sounding louds, went to the fence and leaned against him" [5]

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