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Determiners: Definite and Indefinite Articles


Nouns are most often preceded by either a definite article (der, die, das: the) or an indefinite article (ein, eine: a / an). Whether to use a definite or an indefinite article in German is very similar to how you would use them in English:

A frog is an animal.A frog is an animal.
The frog prince wants to kiss a princess - any princess !!!The frog king wants to kiss a princess - any princess !!!

As in English, there is no indefinite article in German in front of plural nouns because there is no plural form of the indefinite article (i.e., just like in English you couldn't say "a kings "or"a dwarves, "you can't say" ein K├Ânige "or" ein Zwerge "in German). Thus, you just let the noun stand on its own:

Kings have kingdoms.Kings have kingdoms.
There are often dwarfs in fairy tales.There are often dwarves in fairy tales.
definite articlesindefinite articles
masculinethe princea prince
femininethe princessa princess
neutralthe fairy talea fairy tale
Pluralthe dwarves--- dwarfs (dwarves)

No articles

German typically does not use an article with predicate nouns (e.g., he is a prince, his name is Egon, etc.)

1.a personal nameThe frog prince is called Egon.The frog king is called Egon.
2.a major holidayThe frog prince does not celebrate Easter; he doesn't like chocolate.The frog king doesn't celebrate Easter; he doesn't like chocolate.
3.the name of a countryThe fairy tale characters live in Germany.The fairy tale characters live in Germany.
4.a professionSnow White is a student; she studies Jura.Snow White is a student; she is studying law.
5.a nationalityThe old king is German.The old king is a German (man).
6."some" or "any"The wicked queen is buying apples. The evil queen buys (some) apples.

Exceptions of country names

While most countries are used without definite or indefinite articles, there are a handful of countries and regions, which use an article (this is not an exclusive list):

Switzerland (feminine)Turkey (feminine)Ukraine (feminine)
the Lausitz (feminine)the USA (plural)the Netherlands (plural)