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Is it der, die oder das Fauxpas?


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

The word Fauxpas 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 Fauxpas?

How does the declension of Fauxpas 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 Fauxpas die Fauxpas
Genitive des Fauxpas der Fauxpas
Dative dem Fauxpas den Fauxpas
Akkusative den Fauxpas die Fauxpas

What is the meaning of Fauxpas in German?

Fauxpas is defined as:

[1] Violation of behavioral conventions

[1] Verstoß gegen Verhaltenskonventionen

How to use Fauxpas in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Fauxpas with translations in English.

[1] Zum Ballfrack weiße Socken zu tragen ist ein Fauxpas.

[1] To wear white socks to the ball frack is a faux pasple

[1] „Ein sachlicher Fauxpas, der einzig den Zweck verfolgt, die Geschichte seiner Heimat historisch aufzupeppen.“.

[1] "A factual faux pas that only pursues the purpose of historically spice up the history of his homeland".

[1] „Die Vergangenheit betrog meine Erwartungen, sie entschlüpfte meinen Händen und beging einen Fauxpas nach dem anderen.“

[1] "The past chose my expectations, it put up with my hands and committed a faux pas after the other."

[1] „Man begeht einen Fauxpas, wenn man in ein ernstes Gespräch einen Witz einbringt, und man macht ebenfalls einen Fehler, wenn man einen Witz nicht als Witz versteht.“

[1] "You commit a faux pas when you bring a joke into a serious conversation, and you also make a mistake if you don't understand a joke as a joke"

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