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Article Omission and Negation


I. Omitting Articles

Unlike in Romance languages, German requires no partitive before nouns and thus you will often find independent nouns with no article before them. For speakers of English, another Germanic language, this comes naturally.


Die deutschen Filme sind interessant.
The German films (specific ones) are interesting.

Deutsche Filme sind interessant.
German films (in general) are interesting.

Ich trinke den Rotwein.
I drink the red wine (a specific one).

Ich trinke Rotwein.
I drink red wine (in general).

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