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Is it der, die oder das Erfindung?


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

The word Erfindung 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 Erfindung?

How does the declension of Erfindung 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 Erfindung die Erfindungen
Genitive der Erfindung der Erfindungen
Dative der Erfindung den Erfindungen
Akkusative die Erfindung die Erfindungen

What is the meaning of Erfindung in German?

Erfindung has various definitions in German:

[1] Special, not obstately material, material constructs or procedures that enable new and useful applications

[1] besondere, nicht auf der Hand liegende, materielle Konstrukte oder Verfahren, die neue und nützliche Anwendungen ermöglichen

[2] Something fictional that is not based on truth

[2] etwas Fiktives, das nicht auf Wahrheit beruht

How to use Erfindung in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Erfindung with translations in English.

[1] Die Erfindung des Automobils sollte die industrielle Welt verändern.

[1] The invention of the automotive should change the industrial world

[1] „John Hammond, stets ein aufmerksamer Beobachter der Ereignisse seiner Zeit, erkennt sehr bald, welche Umwälzungen Homer Capeharts Erfindung der Jukebox für die Phono-Industrie bringen wird.“

[1] "John Hammond, always an attentive observer of the events of his time, very soon realizes which upheavals Homer Capehart's invention of the Jukebox will bring for the phono industry"

[1] „Kein Wunder also, dass man hierzulande die Erfindung des Sparschweins stolz für sich reklamiert.“

[1] "No wonder that the invention of the piggy bank proudly claims in this country"

[2] Die Geistergeschichte war seine Erfindung.

[2] The ghost story was his invention

How do you pronounce Erfindung?

Erfindung (Österreich)

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