German Grammar | Chapter 1: Nouns

This post is also available in: German

What is a noun?

  • A noun is a word that describes a specific thing, set of things, or creature (the man, the dog, the lamp, the computer, the weather, the light,…).
  • For almost every noun there is a corresponding article.

Available German Grammar Lessons:

Nouns: 1.01. Gender - der, die or das?

der, die or das

The German language has three different articles: masculine (der), feminine (die) and neutral (das).

Example: "der Mann", "die Frau", "das Kind"


Nouns: 1.01.1 The Article Secret

The article secret

Too many rules for you? There is a simple trick you can use that will alow you to guess 75 % of all articles correctly without dictionary.


Nouns: 1.02. The Plural

the plural

Nouns in plural can have the following endings: “e”, “en”, “er”, “s”, or “r”, or even no ending at all. There is no universal rule that works in all cases.

Example: "der Ball" - "die Bälle"


Nouns: 1.03. The German Cases

the cases

German has 4 Cases: Nominative, Accusative, Dative and Genitive.

The case explains which function the noun has and how the noun relates to the other words in the sentence. According to the case we have to decline (change the endings, articles, adjectives, nouns, and pronouns).


Nouns: 1.04. N-Declension

 N-Declension

Some masculine nouns get an extra “n” or “en” at the end. But just in accusative, dative and genitive.

It´s called N-Declension.

Example: "Ich gebe dem Architekten ein Buch."


Do you like EasyDeutsch?

Use the comments under each lesson for feedback! I love feedback! Also if you think I could do better... I want to know it! And if you like it I am glad and hope that I can continue to help you with hints, advice and simple explanations in the future as well. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter. I will share daily exercises as well as helpful links with you. If you subscribe to my Youtube-Channel you can practise your listening and writing skills with dictations.

Get all the updates and my famous articles secret straight to you mailbox! Subscribe to the EasyDeutsch Newsletter:

If you like it, I am sure your friends will like it as well! Share EasyDeutsch with them and learn together!

Wishing you success and happy learning,

Jan

German Grammar MAde Easy

Send this to friend