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Is it der, die oder das Ethik?


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

The word Ethik 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 Ethik?

How does the declension of Ethik 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 Ethik die Ethiken
Genitive der Ethik der Ethiken
Dative der Ethik den Ethiken
Akkusative die Ethik die Ethiken

What is the meaning of Ethik in German?

Ethik has various definitions in German:

[1] A partial direction of philosophy and subject that deals with the (correct) human action

[1] eine Teilrichtung der Philosophie und Studienfach, die sich mit dem (richtigen) menschlichen Handeln befasst

[2] A school subject in part of the German federal states that deals with [1] (mostly without an article)

[2] ein Schulfach in einem Teil der deutschen Bundesländer, welches sich mit [1] befasst (meist ohne Artikel)

[3] Connected concept of moral rules of conduct and basic settings

[3] zusammenhängendes Konzept sittlicher Verhaltensregeln und Grundeinstellungen

[4] Literary work, which is [1] or [3]

[4] literarisches Werk, das [1] oder [3] darstellt

How to use Ethik in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Ethik with translations in English.

[1] Immanuel Kant befasste sich mit der Ethik.

[1] Immanuel Kant dealt with the ethics

[2] Ich werde nächstes Jahr Religion abwählen und dafür Ethik besuchen.

[2] I will vote for religion next year and visit Ethics for it

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