The negative article "kein"

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The negative article "kein"

The article kein (not a/no) is used to negate a noun.

Kein Problem!

No problem!

These are the forms of kein:

Nominativ Akkusativ Dativ
maskulin kein Mann keinen Mann keinem Mann
feminin keine Frau keine Frau keiner Frau
neutrum kein Hotel kein Hotel keinem Hotel
Plural keine Blumen keine Blumen keinen Blumen

Tim hat keine Katze und keinen Hund.

Tim does not have a cat and does not have a dog.

Der Bademantel passt keinem Gast.

This bathrobe will not fit any guest.

Note: The negating article kein follows the same pattern as the indefinite article – but there is a plural form of kein.

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