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Is it der, die oder das Engpass?


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

The word Engpass 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 Engpass?

How does the declension of Engpass 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 Engpass die Engpässe
Genitive des Engpasses der Engpässe
Dative dem Engpass dem Engpasse den Engpässen
Akkusative den Engpass die Engpässe

What is the meaning of Engpass in German?

Engpass has various definitions in German:

[1] scarcity of resources, economic deficiency

[1] Knappheit an Ressourcen, wirtschaftlicher Mangel

[2] narrow path pass, narrowed street

[2] schmaler Wegpass, verengte Straße

How to use Engpass in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Engpass with translations in English.

[1] Es gab nach dem Tsunami einen Engpass bei der Versorgung mit elektrischem Strom.

[1] After the tsunami there was a bottleneck in supplying electrical electricity

[1] „Es gab existentielle Engpässe bei der Versorgung.“

[1] "There were existential bottlenecks in the care"

[1] „Zum Zeitpunkt dieser extremen Zuspitzung griffen die ersten Maßnahmen zur Behebung des Engpasses bereits.“

[1] "At the time of this extreme intensification, the first measures to remedy the bottleneck already grabbed"

[2] Sie gingen im Gänsemarsch den Engpass entlang.

[2] They went along the bottleneck in the Gänsemarsch

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