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Is it der, die oder das Ernstfall?


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

The word Ernstfall 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 Ernstfall?

How does the declension of Ernstfall 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 Ernstfall die Ernstfälle
Genitive des Ernstfalles des Ernstfalls der Ernstfälle
Dative dem Ernstfall dem Ernstfalle den Ernstfällen
Akkusative den Ernstfall die Ernstfälle

What is the meaning of Ernstfall in German?

Ernstfall is defined as:

[1] Critical situation in which a result is threatened as a negative result

[1] kritische Situation, in der ein als negativ eingeschätztes Ergebnis einzutreten droht

How to use Ernstfall in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Ernstfall with translations in English.

[1] „Er wusste, im Ernstfall würden sie die Stellung nicht halten können.“

[1] "He knew that in an emergency they would not be able to hold the position"

[1] „Von den untereinander verfeindeten, westeuropäischen Staaten war im Ernstfall wenig Hilfe zu erwarten; so kamen die Habsburger mit den Jagiellonen über einen gegenseitigen Freundschaftsvertrag überein, der nach Vorverhandlungen in Pressburg in Wien beschlossen werden sollte.“

[1] "In an emergency, little help was expected of the western European countries who were enforced by each other, so the Habsburgers were with the Jagiellons about a mutual friendship contract that should be decided after pre -negotiations in Pressburg in Vienna"

[1] „Außerdem machte man uns klar, dass wir im Ernstfall die ersten Angriffsziele des Feindes sind, weil wir aufgrund unserer Funksignale am leichtesten ausfindig gemacht werden können.“

[1] "It was also made clear to us that in an emergency we are the enemy's first goals of attack because we can be found the easiest due to our radio signals"

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