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Exercise A2

Type in the definite and indefinite articles for the pronouns.

indefinite articledefinite article
  Buch   Buch[the book]|neuter: ein, das
  Wissenschaft   Wissenschaft[the science]|all nouns ending in -schaft are feminine: eine, die
  Schmetterling   Schmetterling[the butterfly]|all nouns ending in -ling are masculine: ein, der
  Schwester   Schwester[the sister]|female people are generally feminine: eine, die|(Exceptions: das Mädchen, das Fräulein)
  Präsident   Präsident[the president]|male people are masculine: ein, der

Write the combined form of article + preposition.

  1. Die Frau hält ihren Hund (an + neuter)   Halsband fest.[The woman holds her dog by the collar.]|Woran? → dative|an + dem = am
  2. Seid ihr auch (zu + feminine)   Party eingeladen?[Are you also invited to the party?]|zu takes the dative|zu + der = zur
  3. Ich habe heute einen Termin (bei + masculine)   Friseur.[I have an appointment at the hairdresser’s today.]|bei takes the dative|bei + dem = beim
  4. Wollen wir (in + neuter)   Kino gehen?[Shall we go to the cinema?]|Wohin? → accusative|in + das = ins
  5. Ute ist gestern (von + neuter)   Pferd gefallen.[Ute fell off the horse yesterday.]|Wovon? → dative|von + dem = vom

Decide if you should use the definite article, indefinite article, or no article at all. If no article should be used, select the dash (-).

  1. Das Haus ist aus Holz gebaut.[The house is built of wood.]|We are just saying in general what material was used to build the house. → no article
  2. Im Sommer machen wir immer Urlaub in Türkei und im Winter fahren wir nach Bayern.[In summer we always go to Turkey on holiday and in winter we go to Bavaria.]|Names of countries and places usually don’t take an article (Bayern).|But there are a few exceptions (e.g. die Türkei)
  3. Wir haben zu Hause Geige, dabei kann keiner in meiner Familie Geige spielen.[We have a violin at my house, although no one in my family can play violin.]|1st space: When we’re talking about something that is not specifically defined, we use the indefinite article.|2nd space: If we’re talking about an ability, we don’t use an article.

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