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Is it der, die oder das Elite?


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

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

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 Elite?

How does the declension of Elite 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 Elite die Eliten
Genitive der Elite der Eliten
Dative der Elite den Eliten
Akkusative die Elite die Eliten

What is the meaning of Elite in German?

Elite is defined as:

[1] Small group that has a socially very high position

[1] kleine Gruppe, die eine sozial sehr hohe Stellung hat

How to use Elite in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Elite with translations in English.

[1] An den deutschen Universitäten sollen sich die Eliten von morgen herausbilden.

[1] The elites of tomorrow should develop at the German universities

[1] „Was die Eliten verbockt haben, soll das Volk ins Lot bringen.“

[1] "What the elites have dried up should bring the people into the solder"

[1] Der Philosoph Konrad Paul Liessmann hat kein Lob für die Eliten übrig.

[1] The philosopher Konrad Paul Liessmann has no praise for the elites

[1] „Zumindest in Österreich-Ungarn und Rußland scheint die dortige innenpolitische Dauerkrise die Bereitschaft unter den Eliten erhöht zu haben, der Endzeitstimmung durch den Schritt zum Krieg zu entkommen.“

[1] "At least in Austria-Hungary and Russia, the permanent domestic political crisis there seems to have increased the willingness among the elites, to deprive the final mood through the step to the war"

[1] „Für die Ausübung ihrer Macht waren die Kolonialstaaten daher auf lokale Eliten angewiesen, an die sie Herrschafts- und Rechtsprechungsbefugnisse übertrugen.“

[1] "For the exercise of their power, the colonial states were therefore dependent on local elites to which they transferred power and case law"

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