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Is it der, die oder das Bestimmung?


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

The word Bestimmung 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 Bestimmung?

How does the declension of Bestimmung 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 Bestimmung die Bestimmungen
Genitive der Bestimmung der Bestimmungen
Dative der Bestimmung den Bestimmungen
Akkusative die Bestimmung die Bestimmungen

What is the meaning of Bestimmung in German?

Bestimmung has various definitions in German:

[1] No plural: the process of determining

[1] kein Plural: der Vorgang des Bestimmens

[2] Arrangement, regulation

[2] Anordnung, Vorschrift

[3] No plural: purpose

[3] kein Plural: Verwendungszweck

[4] The destination of a traveler or a consignment

[4] Zielort eines Reisenden oder einer Warensendung

[5] No plural: what is already predetermined

[5] kein Plural: das, was schon vorbestimmt ist; Berufung, Schicksal

[6] Scientific investigation, for example of plants, chemical compositions, etc.

[6] wissenschaftliche Ermittlung, zum Beispiel von Pflanzen, von chemischen Zusammensetzungen etc.

[7] Grammar: Sentence part that indicates a circumstance

[7] Grammatik: Satzteil, der einen Umstand angibt

How to use Bestimmung in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Bestimmung with translations in English.

[1] Die Bestimmung eines Treffpunkts war schwierig.

[1] The determination of a meeting point was difficult

[2] Er hat gegen die Bestimmungen in der Satzung verstoßen.

[2] He violated the provisions in the statutes

[3] Das Schiff wurde seiner Bestimmung zugeführt und zu Wasser gelassen.

[3] The ship was fed to its destination and to water

[4] Nach langer Reise erreichte er seine Bestimmung.

[4] After a long journey he reached his determination

[4] „Die Sehnsucht nach Tiefenerkenntnis der göttlichen Bestimmung des Menschen ist zeitlos.“

[4] "The longing for deep knowledge of the divine determination of man is timeless"

[5] Seine Bestimmung ist es, Polizist zu werden.

[5] His destiny is to become a police officer

[6] Die Bestimmung des Alters der Fossilien gestaltete sich schwierig.

[6] The determination of the age of the fossils was difficult

[7] In dem Satz „Sie läuft auf dem Balkon“ ist „auf dem Balkon“ eine adverbiale Bestimmung.

[7] In the sentence "It runs on the balcony" there is an adverbial determination "on the balcony"

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