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Is it der, die oder das Besitzer?


The correct article in German of Besitzer is der. So it is der Besitzer! (nominative case)

The word Besitzer is masculine, therefore the correct article is der.

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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 Besitzer?

How does the declension of Besitzer 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 der Besitzer die Besitzer
Genitive des Besitzers der Besitzer
Dative dem Besitzer den Besitzern
Akkusative den Besitzer die Besitzer

What is the meaning of Besitzer in German?

Besitzer has various definitions in German:

[1] Law: the person (s) who exercise actual control over a thing

[1] Recht: die Person(en), die die tatsächliche Herrschaft über eine Sache ausüben

[2] Colloquially: owner (actually wrong; see definition of owner)

[2] umgangssprachlich: Eigentümer (eigentlich falsch; siehe Definition Eigentümer)

How to use Besitzer in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Besitzer with translations in English.

[1] Hans ist als Mieter Besitzer des Wagens, aber Klaus ist rechtlich gesehen Eigentümer.

[1] Hans is the owner of the car as the renter, but Klaus is legally the owner.

[2] Ronald hat den Wagen vom Gebrauchtwagenhändler Hompka erworben und ist damit schon der fünfte Besitzer.

[2] Ronald bought the car from the used car dealer Hompka, making it the fifth owner .

[2] „Später saß ich mit dem Besitzer des Hotels an der Straße, und wir genossen den Abendwind.“[1]

[2] "Later I was sitting on the street with the owner of the hotel and we enjoyed the evening breeze" [1]

[2] „Also jammern die Besitzer über die Nichtbesitzer, die Einheimischen über die Flüchtlinge, die ihnen angeblich alles wegnehmen.“[2]

[2] "So the owners complain about the non-owners, the locals about the refugees who are supposedly taking everything away from them." [2]

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