“Kein” – the Negative Article

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What is the Negative Article „kein“? (Negativartikel „kein“)

If we talk about the Negative Article, we talk about the Negation „kein“. The Negative Article only comes before the noun (like all the other Articles).

Nouns without Articles ("Zero Article") and nouns with Indefinite Articles are negated with „kein“.

Recommendation: Negation

If you would like to learn more about when „kein“, „nein“ and „nicht“ are used, please see the lesson: Negation. This lesson is only about „kein“.

Declension of  „kein“ in all Cases:

"Kein" gets the same endings as Possessive Determiner or Indefinite Articles.

declension of kein

All endings are the same as the endings of the Definite Articles.

The only difference is that Nominative Masculine, Nominative Neuter and Accusative Neuter have no ending at all.

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More Examples of „kein“:

  • „Das ist Jens.“
  • „Er hat kein Geld.“
  • „Deshalb hat er kein Auto und keine Freundin.“
  • „Das ist Hanna. Sie hat kein Interesse an Jens.“
  • „Er kann ihr keinen goldenen Ring kaufen.“

Related Topics:

Entire lesson in German only: Negativartikel „kein“

How to negate things? Negation in German Grammar: Verneinung (Negation).

More lessons for the Articles:

In addition to Possessives, there are also Possessivpronomen (Possessive Pronouns), and in addition to Possessives, the Genitive can also express affiliation.

In order for you to correctly decline the Articles, you must also be familiar with Genus (Gender) and the deutschen Fällen (German cases).

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