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  • IPA(key): /ˈkaɪ̯nən/, [ˈkaɪ̯nən], [ˈkaɪ̯nn̩] (standard)
  • IPA(key): /kaɪ̯n/ (common, colloquial)
  • Homophone: kein (nonstandard)


keinen (negative indefinite article)

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  1. accusative masculine form of kein.
  2. dative plural form of kein.

Usage notes[edit]

  • In colloquial spoken German, the masculine nominative forms mein, dein, kein, etc may not be distinguished from the accusative forms meinen, deinen, keinen etc in adjectival use. The distinction is maintained in substantival use, i.e. without a following noun.


case / gender masculine feminine neuter plural
nominative kein guter Vater keine gute Mutter kein gutes Wort keine guten Wörter
genitive keines guten Vaters keiner guten Mutter keines guten Worts keiner guten Wörter
dative keinem guten Vater keiner guten Mutter keinem guten Wort keinen guten Wörtern
accusative keinen guten Vater keine gute Mutter kein gutes Wort keine guten Wörter