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Is it der, die oder das Erstaunen?


The correct article in German of Erstaunen is das. So it is das Erstaunen! (nominative case)

The word Erstaunen is neuter, therefore the correct article is das.

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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 Erstaunen?

How does the declension of Erstaunen 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 das Erstaunen
Genitive des Erstaunens
Dative dem Erstaunen
Akkusative das Erstaunen

What is the meaning of Erstaunen in German?

Erstaunen is defined as:

[1] Constitution of a person to have to be amazed at something

[1] Verfassung einer Person, über etwas staunen zu müssen

How to use Erstaunen in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Erstaunen with translations in English.

[1] Der Magier versetzte sein Publikum in Erstaunen.

[1] The magician put his audience in astonishment

[1] Das Erstaunen stand ihr ins Gesicht geschrieben.

[1] The astonishment stood in the face of her face

[1] „Schlump sah ihn mit grenzenlosem Erstaunen an und antwortete nicht.“

[1] "Schlump looked at him with limitless astonishment and did not answer"

[1] „Zu meinem Erstaunen fand ich auch ihn in einer Art Abschiedsstimmung.“

[1] "To my astonishment, I also found him in a kind of farewell mood"

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