The negative article kein

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The negative article kein

Kein (not a, no) is used to negate a noun.

Kein Problem!

No problem!

Kein takes the same endings as the indefinite article (ein). Note that, unlike the indefinite article, kein can be used in the plural:

Nominativ Nominativ Akkusativ Akkusativ Dativ 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

Kein Hotel ist so schön wie unser Hotel. (Nominativ)

No hotel is as beautiful as our hotel. (nominative)

Tim hat keine Katze und keinen Hund. (Akkusativ)

Tim does not have a cat and does not have a dog. (accusative)

Der Bademantel passt keinem Gast. (Dativ)

This bathrobe will not fit any guest. (dative)

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