“Kein” – the Negative Article

What is the Negative Article?

When we refer to the negative article in German, we mean using "kein" to negate a noun.

We only use kein with nouns - specifically nouns without articles and nouns with indefinite articles.

The lesson on negation tells you when to use "kein."

Changing the ending of "kein":

"Kein" is declined like / has the same endings as possessive determiners.

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:

When do you use der, die, and das? Everything about the topic of gender can be found here: Articles and Gender.

Guess articles right 75% of the time even when you haven't memorized it yet! Article Trick.

When do you use der / die / das, and when ein / eine? ⇒ Definite and Indefinite Articles

Sometimes we don't use any article: The Zero Article.

Using an article to negate a noun: „Kein“.

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