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Is it der, die oder das Eigensinn?


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

The word Eigensinn is masculine, therefore the correct article is der.

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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 Eigensinn?

How does the declension of Eigensinn 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 Eigensinn
Genitive des Eigensinnes des Eigensinns
Dative dem Eigensinn dem Eigensinne
Akkusative den Eigensinn

What is the meaning of Eigensinn in German?

Eigensinn is defined as:

[1] persistent insistence on an opinion or intention (without accepting the advice of others)

[1] hartnäckiges Beharren auf einer Meinung oder Absicht (ohne den Rat anderer anzunehmen)

How to use Eigensinn in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Eigensinn with translations in English.

[1] Er sperrte sich aus Eigensinn dagegen.

[1] He locked himself out of stubbornness

[1] „Offensichtlich schadete diese Niederlage, die mehr römischem Eigensinn als seiner Unfähigkeit zu verdanken ist, seiner Karriere nicht.“

[1] "Obviously, this defeat, which is owed to more Roman stubbornness than its inability, did not harm his career"

[1] „Die Renaissance des Begriffs [‚Heimat‘] begann demnach in den 70er-Jahren, als der lokale Eigensinn eine neue Protestkultur gegen die zentrale Planung von oben wachsen ließ.“

[1] "The renaissance of the term ['home'] began in the 1970s when local stubbornness started a new protest culture against the central planning from above"

[1] „Die Pedanterie zählt neben Rigidität, Perfektionismus und Eigensinn aus heutiger psychologischer Sicht zu den Kernsymptomen der zwanghaften Persönlichkeitsstörung (ICD-10: F60.5).“

[1] "In addition to rigidity, perfectionism and stubbornness from today's psychological point of view, pedantry is one of the core symptoms of compulsive personality disorder (ICD-10: F60E5)."

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