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 Plurals of German Nouns - How to Use and Conjugate Italian Nouns With Irregular Gender What German Plural Nouns End With "-e"? A closer look at German plurals, this time with -n and -en endings How to Conjugate the Italian Verb "Amare" Learn how to form plurals in English How to Use the German Infinitive ESL Learners, See How to Use Possessive Nouns What's the difference between countable and uncountable nouns? Easily Teach Pronouns to ESL Students Der, Die, and Das: How to Use Definite Articles in German There Are Plenty of Ways to Say No in German Writing Sentences for Beginners Do You How to Conjugate the Italian Verb 'Preferire?' Elementary level syllabus for English learners in the workplace Is That Country a Boy or a Girl in German?