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Is it der, die oder das Defizit?


The correct article in German of Defizit is das. So it is das Defizit! (nominative case)

The word Defizit is neuter, therefore the correct article is das.

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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 Defizit?

How does the declension of Defizit 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 das Defizit die Defizite
Genitive des Defizites des Defizits der Defizite
Dative dem Defizit den Defiziten
Akkusative das Defizit die Defizite

What is the meaning of Defizit in German?

Defizit has various definitions in German:

[1] missing from something (mostly of a amount of money)

[1] Fehlen von etwas (meist eines Geldbetrags)

[2] missing from something that you then rate as a defect (and would like to compensate)

[2] Fehlen von etwas, das man dann als Mangel bewertet (und ausgleichen möchte)

How to use Defizit in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Defizit with translations in English.

[1] Viele Banken haben derzeit große Defizite.

[1] Many banks currently have large deficit

[1] Das letzte Quartal brachte ein Defizit von rund 10.000 Euro.

The last quarter brought a deficit of around 10,000 euros.

[2] Der neue Schüler weist noch große Defizite im Bereich der Grammatik auf.

[2] The new student still shows great deficits in the area of ​​grammar

[2] „Das Defizit [Anmerkung: an Regen in Deutschland] beträgt regional akkumuliert aus den Jahren 2018 und 2019 teilweise schon einen ganzen Jahresniederschlag. Mehrere (deutlich) zu nasse Monate in Folge würden Abhilfe schaffen.“

[2] "The deficit [note: on rain in Germany] is regionally accumulated from the years 2018 and 2019, sometimes a whole anniversary of several (significantly) (significantly) a few months in a row."

[1] „Die Autoren sind sich der Grenzen und der unvermeidbaren Defizite ihrer Untersuchung bewusst und skizzieren deswegen Forschungsdesiderate, die zukünftige Forschungen anregen können.“

[1] "The authors are aware of the limits and the inevitable deficits of their investigation and therefore sketch research desiderates that can stimulate future research"

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