ArticleGerman declension
AuthorHelmut Richter
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German declension

The purpose of this article is to summarise German declension as much as possible in the form of rules as distinct from tables. The idea is that only a minimum has to be learnt, and a maximum of regularities exploited. Well, the regularities are few and the rules are complex – but things are just not simpler. The question which case to apply when is outside the scope of this article.


This article contains a lot of detail which may be uninteresting for some or even most readers. It is designed for readers that have a fair basic knowledge of German and want an overview of the various intricacies of German declension, in particular of the influence the various parts of a nominal phrase can have on each other. For the resolution of a single question, not the entire article needs to be read: