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Is it der, die oder das Eigeninitiative?


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

The word Eigeninitiative 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 Eigeninitiative?

How does the declension of Eigeninitiative 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 Eigeninitiative die Eigeninitiativen
Genitive der Eigeninitiative der Eigeninitiativen
Dative der Eigeninitiative den Eigeninitiativen
Akkusative die Eigeninitiative die Eigeninitiativen

What is the meaning of Eigeninitiative in German?

Eigeninitiative is defined as:

[1] From a person or organization without impetus from other things, activity outgoing elsewhere

[1] von einer Person oder Organisation ohne Anstoß von anderswo ausgehende Aktivität

How to use Eigeninitiative in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Eigeninitiative with translations in English.

[1] „Angesichts der Tatsache, dass die Industrie am Trend zum übermäßigen Genuss ganz fabelhaft verdient, kommen wir um die nötige Eigeninitiative im Kampf gegen die Fettsucht offensichtlich nicht herum.“

[1] "In view of the fact that the industry deserves very fabulously at the trend towards excessive enjoyment, we obviously do not come around the necessary initiative in the fight against fat addiction"

[1] „Im Interesse der Sicherheit wird einem jede Befugnis entzogen und jede Eigeninitiative verboten.“

[1] "In the interest of security, every authority is withdrawn and any initiative is prohibited"

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