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Is it der, die oder das GUS?

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 …).

What is the meaning of GUS in German?

GUS has various definitions in German:

[1] Chemistry: abbreviation of glucuronidase, a glycoside

[1] Chemie: Abkürzung von Glucuronidase, ein Glykosid

[2] Germany, environment: Abbreviation of the Society for Environmental Simulation

[2] Deutschland, Umwelt: Abkürzung von Gesellschaft für UmweltSimulation

[3] Europe, politics: Abbreviation of the community/group of independent states - a connection of eleven confident states that used to be part of the USSR

[3] Europa, Politik: Abkürzung von Gemeinschaft/Gruppe Unabhängiger Staaten – eine Verbindung von elf souveränen Staaten, die früher Teil der UdSSR waren

How to use GUS in a sentence?

Example sentences in German using GUS with translations in English.

[1] GUS ist eine wichtige Substanz, die im GUSB-Gen des Menschen vorkommt.

[1] GUS is an important substance that occurs in the Gusb gene of man

[2] „Über die GUS sind zahlreiche Umweltlabore vernetzt, die über die Geschäftsstelle bei speziellen Anforderungen angefragt werden können.“

[2] "Numerous environmental laboratories are networked via the CIS, which can be requested via the office for special requirements"

[3] „Dies sagte der Vorsitzende des koordinierenden Rates der Kollektiven Friedenstruppen der GUS Alexander Tretjakow am Dienstag bei einer Pressekonferenz.“

[3] "This said the chairman of the coordinating council of the collective peace troops of GUS Alexander Tretjakov on Tuesday at a press conference" "

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