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Is it der, die oder das Bekanntschaft?


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

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

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 Bekanntschaft?

How does the declension of Bekanntschaft 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 Bekanntschaft die Bekanntschaften
Genitive der Bekanntschaft der Bekanntschaften
Dative der Bekanntschaft den Bekanntschaften
Akkusative die Bekanntschaft die Bekanntschaften

What is the meaning of Bekanntschaft in German?

Bekanntschaft has various definitions in German:

[1] Start of contact or a personal relationship

[1] Beginn eines Kontakts oder einer persönlichen Beziehung

[2] Man or circle of people who know someone

[2] Mensch oder Kreis von Menschen, die jemand kennt

How to use Bekanntschaft in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Bekanntschaft with translations in English.

[1] Nach langjähriger Bekanntschaft stellte sich Vertrautheit ein.

[1] After many years of acquaintance, familiarity had been

[1] Ich freue mich, ihre Bekanntschaft zu machen.

[1] I am happy to make your acquaintance

[1] „Sie war soeben von einem mehrwöchigen Kuraufenthalt in Süddeutschland zurückgekehrt und hatte ihrem Mann von einer Bekanntschaft erzählt, die sie dort gemacht habe.“

[1] "She had just returned from a spa stay in southern Germany lasting several weeks and had told her husband about an acquaintance that she had made there"

[2] Er hatte viele Bekanntschaften, aber nur wenige Freunde.

[2] He had many acquaintances, but only a few friends

[2] Er lud seine neue Bekanntschaft zu einer Fete ein.

[2] He invited his new acquaintance to a party

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