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Is it der, die oder das Formalität?


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

The word Formalität is feminine, therefore the correct article is die.

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 Formalität?

How does the declension of Formalität 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 Formalität die Formalitäten
Genitive der Formalität der Formalitäten
Dative der Formalität den Formalitäten
Akkusative die Formalität die Formalitäten

What is the meaning of Formalität in German?

Formalität has various definitions in German:

[1] Outer, possibly official regulation

[1] äußere, möglicherweise behördliche Vorschrift

[2] Action or process with only external meaning

[2] Handlung oder Vorgang mit nur äußerlicher Bedeutung

How to use Formalität in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using Formalität with translations in English.

[1] Ich habe alle für das Visum erforderlichen Formalitäten erledigt.

[1] I have done all the formalities required for the visa

[1] „Die Nachbarn kamen und gingen, und der Pfarrer kümmerte sich um die Formalitäten der Beerdigung.“

[1] "The neighbors came and went, and the pastor took care of the formalities of the funeral" "

[2] Sie müssen hier unterschreiben, das ist bloße Formalität und hat keinen Hintergrund beziehungsweise weiteren Nutzen.

[2] You have to sign here, this is mere formality and has no background or other benefits

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