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Is it der, die oder das Abzeichen?


The correct article in German of Abzeichen is das. So it is das Abzeichen! (nominative case)

The word Abzeichen is neuter, therefore the correct article is das.

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 Abzeichen?

How does the declension of Abzeichen 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 das Abzeichen die Abzeichen
Genitive des Abzeichens der Abzeichen
Dative dem Abzeichen den Abzeichen
Akkusative das Abzeichen die Abzeichen

What is the meaning of Abzeichen in German?

Abzeichen has various definitions in German:

[1] A portable copy of a sign, a graphic symbol

[1] eine tragbare Kopie eines Zeichens, eines grafischen Symbols

[2] An award

[2] eine Auszeichnung

[3] Zoology: Different fur or skin coloring on the head, on the back and/or on the legs in animals

[3] Zoologie: abweichende Fell- oder Hautfärbung am Kopf, auf dem Rücken und/oder an den Beinen bei Tieren

How to use Abzeichen in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Abzeichen with translations in English.

[1] Früher war das Sammeln von Abzeichen in der Mode.

[1] In the past, collecting badges in the ModeT

[1] „Natürlich hatte er ihr Abzeichen bemerkt.“

[1] "Of course he had noticed her badge"

[2] Für ihre Leistungen im Sport erhielt sie ein Abzeichen.

[2] For her performance in sports she received a badge

[3] Ein angeborenes Abzeichen bei Kühen ist ein dunkler Rückenstreifen, auch Aalstrich genannt.

[3] A congenital badge for cows is a dark back strip, also called a shine line

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