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Is it der, die oder das Ersatz?


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

The word Ersatz is masculine, therefore the correct article is der.

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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 Ersatz?

How does the declension of Ersatz 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 Ersatz die Ersätze
Genitive des Ersatzes der Ersätze
Dative dem Ersatz dem Ersatze den Ersätzen
Akkusative den Ersatz die Ersätze

What is the meaning of Ersatz in German?

Ersatz has various definitions in German:

[1] Something that steps instead of something else because it is missing, has been lost or has to be replaced

[1] etwas, das an Stelle von etwas anderem tritt, weil dieses fehlt, verlorengegangen ist oder ausgetauscht werden muss

[2] The process of exchanging something that occurs instead of something else

[2] der Vorgang des Austauschens von etwas, das an Stelle von etwas anderem tritt

How to use Ersatz in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Ersatz with translations in English.

[1] „Diese Muffe ist ein Ersatz für Ihre leckende Rohrverbindung“, sagte der Klempner.

[1] "This sleeve is a replacement for your leaking pipe connection," said the plumber

[2] Der Ersatz der Schiffsmannschaft wurde durchgeführt.

[2] The replacement of the ship team was carried out

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