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Is it der, die oder das Zeug?


The correct article in German of Zeug is das. So it is das Zeug! (nominative case)

The word Zeug is neuter, therefore the correct article is das.

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 Zeug?

How does the declension of Zeug 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 das Zeug die Zeuge
Genitive des Zeugs des Zeuges der Zeuge
Dative dem Zeug dem Zeuge den Zeugen
Akkusative das Zeug die Zeuge

What is the meaning of Zeug in German?

Zeug has various definitions in German:

[1] often pejorative: objects of all kinds, material, device

[1] oft abwertend: Gegenstände aller Art, Material, Gerät

[2] Outingly: tissue for clothes

[2] veraltend: Gewebe für Kleider

[3] colloquial: clothing

[3] umgangssprachlich: Kleidung

[4] often pejorative: nonsense, stupid chatter

[4] oft abwertend: Unsinn, dummes Geschwätz

[5] Outingly: tools

[5] veraltend: Werkzeug

[6] Sea male: rigging

[6] seemännisch: Takelage

[7] Outingly: dishes of the draft animals

[7] veraltend: Geschirr der Zugtiere

How to use Zeug in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Zeug with translations in English.

[1] Räum mal dein Zeug hier weg!

[1] clear your stuff away here

[1] „Das Zeug hieß Donatoniumbenzoat und war die bitterste chemische Verbindung, die es überhaupt gab.“

[1] "The stuff was called Donatonium Benzoat and was the bitter chemical compound that it gave it at all"

[2] Er trug einen Kittel aus festem Zeug.

[2] He wore a coat of solid witness

[3] Zieh warmes Zeug an, das kann kalt werden!

[3] Put on warm stuff, that can be cold

[4] Red nicht so ein dummes Zeug!

[4] Don't talk such a stupid witness

[5] Sie wollen heimwerkern? Wir haben das Zeug dazu.

[5] You want DIY devices. We have the stuff to do so

[6] Zeug ist die Gesamtheit der Segel, über die ein Schiff verfügt.

[6] Stuff is the entirety of the sails over which a ship has

[7] Mein Hund hat ein Zuggeschirr und legt sich gerne ordentlich ins Zeug.

[7] My dog ​​has a tensile dishes and likes to lie down properly

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