Definite and Indefinite Articles in German

The definite article (indefinite article)  is that word in English we refer to as “the” (“a,an”).  In German, there are three: “der, die, das” (“ein, eine,ein”). As in English, they are placed before the noun (or their modifying adjectives). In German however, each of the definite articles (indefinite articles) has a gender:

The definite articles (expression “the” in English) in German refer to specific persons: “der, die, das, die (plural)”, “der” is used for masculine nouns, “die” is used for feminine nouns, “das” is used for neuter nouns, and finally “die” used for plural nouns.

definite articles in German

The indefinite articles (expression “a, an” in English) in German refer to unspecified persons, objects: “ein, eine, ein”, “ein” is used for masculine nouns, “eine” is used for feminine nouns, “ein” is used for neuter nouns, and there is no plural for the indefinite article

indefinite articles in German


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