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Is it der, die oder das Defensive?


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

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

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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 Defensive?

How does the declension of Defensive 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 Defensive die Defensiven
Genitive der Defensive der Defensiven
Dative der Defensive den Defensiven
Akkusative die Defensive die Defensiven

What is the meaning of Defensive in German?

Defensive has various definitions in German:

[1] Defense willing, defense

[1] Abwehrbereitschaft, Verteidigung

[2] Team sport: Part of a team that is mainly supposed to stop opposing attacks

[2] Mannschaftssport: Teil einer Mannschaft, der vorwiegend gegnerische Angriffe aufhalten soll

How to use Defensive in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Defensive with translations in English.

[1] In der zweiten Hälfte des Zweiten Weltkriegs hatte die deutsche Defensive mächtig zutun.

[1] In the second half of World War II, the German defensive had a lot

[1] „Wie man allerdings die eigene Existenz aus der Defensive, im friedfertigen Getöse eines Rückzugsgefechts sichern kann, das bleibt das Geheimnis unserer deutschen Nachbarn.“

[1] "However, how you can secure your own existence from the defensive, in the peaceful roar of a retreat, that remains the secret of our neighboring German neighboring" "

[2] Die Defensive stand in der zweiten Halbzeit schlecht und fast jeder Ball kam durch.

[2] The defensive was bad in the second half and almost every ball came through

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