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Is it der, die oder das Elternzeit?


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

The word Elternzeit 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 Elternzeit?

How does the declension of Elternzeit 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 Elternzeit die Elternzeiten
Genitive der Elternzeit der Elternzeiten
Dative der Elternzeit den Elternzeiten
Akkusative die Elternzeit die Elternzeiten

What is the meaning of Elternzeit in German?

Elternzeit is defined as:

[1] Germany: Unpaid exemption from work after the birth of a child

[1] Deutschland: unbezahlte Freistellung von der Arbeit nach der Geburt eines Kindes

How to use Elternzeit in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Elternzeit with translations in English.

[1] Der Anspruch auf Elternzeit besteht bis zur Vollendung des dritten Lebensjahres eines Kindes.

[1] The right to parental leave is up to the age of the third year of a childhood

[1] „Ein weiterer Punkt sind die schwangeren und sich in Elternzeit befindenden Kolleginnen.“

[1] "Another point are the pregnant college and parental leave"

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