How to use the definite article in German

How to use the definite article in German

You want to learn how to use the definite article in German? You've come to the right place! Scroll down and see the short German lessons complete with useful examples. The apple, the house, the book... we'll teach you about the German definite article in a simple, clear and enjoyable way.

The German definite article

The definite article is what we call the word 'the' in English. The definite article is used with nouns. The English definite article 'the' has different forms in German. depending on whether the word to which it belongs is masculine, feminine or neuter. The definite article for masculine words is 'der'. For feminine words, it is 'die' and for neuter words it is 'das'.

Examples

der Stuhl
the chair
das Bett
the bed
das Buch
the book
der Monat
the month
der Baum
the tree
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The definite article is what we call the word the in English. The definite article is used with nouns. Using the nouns Buch, Stuhl and Tür (book, chair, door) which you learned in Step 3, learn how to use the definite article with each of the nouns. The nouns together with the definite article are das Buch, der Stuhl and die Tür (the book, the chair, the door). You can scroll to the top of this page to see a short lesson about the definite article in German including useful examples. Once you have learned to use the definite article with the German nouns Buch, Stuhl and Tür, you're ready to move on to Step 5 (the plural in German).

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