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Is it der, die oder das Abwesenheit?


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

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

The plural is rarely used

Finding the right gender of a noun

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 Abwesenheit?

How does the declension of Abwesenheit 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 Abwesenheit die Abwesenheiten
Genitive der Abwesenheit der Abwesenheiten
Dative der Abwesenheit den Abwesenheiten
Akkusative die Abwesenheit die Abwesenheiten

What is the meaning of Abwesenheit in German?

Abwesenheit has various definitions in German:

[1] The condition that you are not physically present

[1] der Zustand, dass man körperlich nicht zugegen ist

[2] The condition that one is not presented mentally

[2] der Zustand, dass man geistig nicht zugegen ist

How to use Abwesenheit in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Abwesenheit with translations in English.

[1] Er glänzte mal wieder durch Abwesenheit.

[1] He shone again through absence

[1] „Denn Kaschmir ist unendlich weich, leicht, schmeichelt der Haut und ist wie eine sanfte Umarmung, weswegen manche Frauen Kaschmirschals bei Abwesenheit des Liebsten auch gerne als Streichelersatz nutzen.“

[1] "Because cashmere is infinitely soft, light, flatters the skin and is like a gentle hug, which is why some women like to use cashmere scarves when they are absent as a petting replacement"

[1] „Zunächst, in Abwesenheit ihres altgedienten Vorsitzenden, hatten die Unabhängigen es halsstarrig abgelehnt, Nichtsozialisten in die Regierung aufzunehmen, und sei es auch nur als Fachleute ohne exekutive Befugnisse.“

[1] "First, in the absence of their veteran chairman, the independent had rejected it stubbornly to include non -socialists in the government, even if only as experts without executive powers"

[1] „Ihm war ein Jahr Abwesenheit gewährt worden.“

[1] "He had been granted a year absence"

[1] „Glück wurde einmal als Abwesenheit von Unruhe definiert.“

[1] "Happiness was once defined as a absence of unrest"

[2] Sein Gesicht drückt völlige Abwesenheit aus.

[2] His face presses complete absence

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