Languages › English as a Second Language Guide to German Plural Nouns with -er Endings These nouns are mostly masculine or neuter when singular Share Flipboard Email Print Dennis Fischer Photography / Getty Images English as a Second Language Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Business English Resources for Teachers By Ingrid Bauer German Language Expert M.A., German Studies, McGill University B.A., German and French Ingrid Bauer, who is fluent in German, has been teaching and tutoring the German language since 1996. She has a teaching degree and an M.A. in German studies. our editorial process Ingrid Bauer Updated November 04, 2019 There are several different ways to make a noun plural in German. One way is to add -er at the end of the noun and change the article to die. Nouns that go plural with –er are mostly masculine or neuter when singular. There may also be some umlaut changes, which is something you'll just have to memorize. For example: das Kind (singular), die Kinder (plural) Die Mutter liebt ihr Kind. (The mother loves her child.) Die Mutter liebt ihre Kinder. (The mother loves her children.) Here's another example: das Buch (the book), die Bücher (the books) Er liest das Buch. (He reads the book.) Er liest die Bücher. (He reads the books.) The -ern Ending in German The only time a different plural ending is added is during the dative. In this case, the noun always adds an -ern ending. See the chart below for a summary of this plural group in all cases. Plural Nouns With –er Endings Case Singular Plural nom.acc.dat.gen. der Mann (the man)den Manndem Manndes Mann die Männerdie Männerden Männernder Männer nom.acc.dat.gen. das Kind (the child)das Kinddem Kinddes Kindes die Kinderdie Kinderden Kindernder Kinder Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Bauer, Ingrid. "Guide to German Plural Nouns with -er Endings." ThoughtCo, Nov. 24, 2020, thoughtco.com/german-plural-nouns-with-er-endings-1444467. Bauer, Ingrid. (2020, November 24). Guide to German Plural Nouns with -er Endings. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/german-plural-nouns-with-er-endings-1444467 Bauer, Ingrid. "Guide to German Plural Nouns with -er Endings." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/german-plural-nouns-with-er-endings-1444467 (accessed March 7, 2021). copy citation German Plural Nouns A Guide to German Plural Nouns With -e Endings Direct Object Pronouns in Italian Plural Noun Forms The German Infinitive Countable and Uncountable Nouns Formation and Usage of Possessive Nouns How to Use Definite Articles in German Learn About German Plural Nouns With -n and -en endings Writing Sentences for Beginners Gender of Italian Nouns The Gender of Countries in the German Language Essential Basic English Lessons How to Teach Pronouns to ESL Students Syllabus for Beginner Business English Course - Part I: Lessons 1 - 9 Italian Verb Conjugations: 'Amare'