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Is it der, die oder das Esprit?


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

The word Esprit 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 Esprit?

How does the declension of Esprit 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 Esprit
Genitive des Esprits
Dative dem Esprit
Akkusative den Esprit

What is the meaning of Esprit in German?

Esprit is defined as:

[1] clever spirit

[1] gewitzter Geist

How to use Esprit in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Esprit with translations in English.

[1] „Aber sein Strahlen, seine Finessen und der ganze übrige Schnickschnack – Manieren, Kleidung, Auftreten, der näselnde Akzent, der Esprit und die zerfleischende Waffe desselben: die Ironie – waren noch das Geringste.“

[1] "But his rays, his finesse and the rest of the frills - manners, clothing, appearance, the nasal accent, the esprit and the tumbling weapon of the same: the irony - were still the lowest."

[1] „Trotz allem Esprit der Franzosen ist und bleibt Paris immer die Stadt, wo sich Betrug lohnt.“

[1] "Despite all the French, Paris is and always remains the city where wages are wages"

[1] „Wovon sich der Journalist Esprit und Verve verspricht, ist nichts anderes als literarische Montage, eine Technik, bei der Wirkliches in Fiktion eingebaut und damit selbst fiktional wird.“

[1] "What the journalist Esprit and Vera promises is nothing more than literary assembly, a technique that is built into fiction and thus becomes fictional"

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