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Is it der, die oder das Bestand?


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

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

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 Bestand?

How does the declension of Bestand 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 Bestand die Bestände
Genitive des Bestandes des Bestands der Bestände
Dative dem Bestand dem Bestande den Beständen
Akkusative den Bestand die Bestände

What is the meaning of Bestand in German?

Bestand has various definitions in German:

[1] amount of existing objects

[1] Menge von vorhandenen Gegenständen

[2] Continuous existence of something

[2] fortdauernde Existenz von etwas

How to use Bestand in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Bestand with translations in English.

[1] Unser Bestand an Bleistiften ist merklich geschrumpft.

[1] Our stock of pencils is noticeably shrinked

[1] „Der Bestand vieler Insektenarten ist in den vergangenen Jahren rapide zurückgegangen.“

[1] "The existence of many insect species has decreased rapidly in recent years"

[1] „Wir fangen […] so viele Fische, dass sich Bestände nicht mehr erholen.“

[1] "We catch so many fish that stocks no longer recover"

[1] „Deutschland liefert Waffen aus den Beständen der Bundeswehr an die Ukraine.“

[1] "Germany delivers weapons from the Bundeswehr's holdings to UkraineÄ"

[2] Der Bestand der Firma ist gefährdet.

[2] The company's existence is endangered

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