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Is it der, die oder das Dekan?


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

The word Dekan 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 Dekan?

How does the declension of Dekan 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 Dekan die Dekane
Genitive des Dekans der Dekane
Dative dem Dekan dem Dekane den Dekanen
Akkusative den Dekan die Dekane

What is the meaning of Dekan in German?

Dekan is defined as:

[1] Head of a faculty or a department at a university

[1] Vorsteher und Sprecher einer Fakultät oder eines Fachbereichs an einer Hochschule

[2a] In some Protestant state churches the head of a church district, church districts or deanery, see also superintendent

[2a] in einigen evangelischen Landeskirchen das Oberhaupt eines Kirchenkreises, Kirchenbezirks oder Dekanats, siehe auch Superintendent

[2b] The head of a church district or deanery in the Catholic Church

[2b] in der katholischen Kirche der Leiter eines Kirchenbezirks oder Dekanats

[3] A chemical connection from the group of alkanes (→ decan)

[3] eine chemische Verbindung aus der Gruppe der Alkane (→Decan)

[4] Astrology: Description for one third of one of the 12 sections of the zodiac

[4] Astrologie: Bezeichnung für jeweils ein Drittel eines der 12 Abschnitte des Tierkreises

How to use Dekan in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Dekan with translations in English.

[1] Dekane werden nur für eine begrenzte Zeit gewählt.

[1] Deans are only chosen for a limited time







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