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Is it der, die oder das Abstinenz?


The correct article in German of Abstinenz is die. So it is die Abstinenz! (nominative case)

The word Abstinenz is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

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German articles are used similarly to the English articles,a and the. However, they are declined differently (change) according to the number, gender and case of their nouns.

In the German language, the gender and therefore article is fixed for each noun.

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The most difficult part of learning the German language is the articles (der, die, das) or rather the gender of each noun. The gender of each noun in German has no simple rule. In fact, it can even seem illogical. For example das Mädchen, a young girl is neutral while der Junge, a young boy is male.

It is a good idea to learn the correct article for each new word together - even if it means a lot of work. For example learning "der Hund" (the dog) rather than just Hund by itself. Fortunately, there are some rules about gender in German that make things a little easier. It might be even nicer if these rules didn't have exceptions - but you can't have everything! The best way to learn them is with the App - Der-Die-Das Train! (available for iOS and Android)

German nouns belong either to the gender masculine (male, standard gender) with the definite article der, to the feminine (feminine) with the definite article die, or to the neuter (neuter) with the definite article das.

  • for masculine: points of the compass, weather (Osten, Monsun, Sturm; however it is: das Gewitter), liquor/spirits (Wodka, Wein, Kognak), minerals, rocks (Marmor, Quarz, Granit, Diamant);

  • for feminine: ships and airplanes (die Deutschland, die Boeing; however it is: der Airbus), cigarette brands (Camel, Marlboro), many tree and plant species (Eiche, Pappel, Kiefer; aber: der Flieder), numbers (Eins, Million; however it is: das Dutzend), most inland rivers (Elbe, Oder, Donau; aber: der Rhein);

  • for neutrals: cafes, hotels, cinemas (das Mariott, das Cinemaxx), chemical elements (Helium, Arsen; however it is: der Schwefel, masculine elements have the suffix -stoff), letters, notes, languages and colors (das Orange, das A, das Englische), certain brand names for detergents and cleaning products (Ariel, Persil), continents, countries (die artikellosen: (das alte) Europa; however exceptions include: der Libanon, die Schweiz …).

German declension of Abstinenz?

How does the declension of Abstinenz work in the nominative, accusative, dative and genitive cases? Here you can find all forms in the singular as well as in the plural:

1 Singular Plural
Nominative die Abstinenz
Genitive der Abstinenz
Dative der Abstinenz
Akkusative die Abstinenz

What is the meaning of Abstinenz in German?

Abstinenz has various definitions in German:

[1] General: abstinence

[1] allgemein: Enthaltsamkeit

[2] Sexual abstinence die foregoing sexual intercourse and other sexual acts

[2] sexuelle Abstinenz; Verzicht auf Geschlechtsverkehr und andere sexuelle Handlungen

[3] Divise of alcohol

[3] Verzicht auf Alkohol

[4] Estate meat or complete avoidance of animal products

[4] Verzicht auf Fleisch beziehungsweise völliger Verzicht auf Tierprodukte

How to use Abstinenz in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Abstinenz with translations in English.

[1] Nach 5 Jahren Abstinenz kehrte sie auf die Theaterbühne zurück.

[1] After 5 years of abstinence, she returned to the theater stage

[2] Die katholische Kirche schreibt ihren Priestern Abstinenz vor.

[2] The Catholic Church writes its priestly abstinence

[3] Nach jahrelanger Abstinenz trinkt er jetzt wieder ab und zu ein Bier.

[3] After years of abstinence, he now drinks a beer every now and then

[3] „Mir hat der kleine Ausflug in die Abstinenz eher was anderes gebracht: die Erkenntnis, dass mein Griff zum Korkenzieher eher Gewohnheit als Bedürfnis ist, mein abendliches Glas Rotwein eher gedankenlos weggekippt wird und deshalb auch nicht so genussvoll ist, wie es sein könnte.“

[3] “The little excursion into abstinence has brought me something different: the realization that my grip on the corkscrew is more of a habit than a need, my evening glass of red wine is rather thoughtlessly overturned and is therefore not as enjoyable as it is could "

[4] Viele Menschen leben in freiwilliger Abstinenz und ernähren sich ausschließlich von pflanzlichen Produkten.

[4] Many people live in voluntary abstinence and feed exclusively on herbal product

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